Assessing Speaking and Assessing Writing

Assessment literacy is increasingly recognised as a key skill for teachers and others in education throughout the world. These two workshops take an interactive approach to exploring practical issues in assessment, using video, discussion and worked examples to explore the assessment of speaking and writing, including:

  • What is involved in the skills of speaking and writing.
  • Tasks appropriate for speaking and writing assessment.
  • Examples of criteria and rating scales used in tests.
  • Approaches to applying what you learn in your own context.

By the end of these workshops, participants will be equipped to make more informed decisions about how to assess their students’ productive skills, better understand the speaking and writing tests that their students are preparing for, and create more communicative-focused classroom assessments based on real-world language use.



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Liliana Sanchez

Country Exams Manager, British Council Mexico

Liliana Sánchez holds an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Canterbury Christ Church University. She has held teaching, training, management and leadership positions at renowned English language and mainstream education organisations. She was a Speaking Examiner of Young Learners, Main Suite and Business English exams for 17 years, and the Cambridge English exams Regional Team Leader for Mexico and the Caribbean for seven years.

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Dylan Burton

Assessment Solutions Consultant , East Asia Assessment Solutions Team

Dylan has over 15 years of experience working in language teaching and assessment. He has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer examiner, examiner trainer, item writer, and presenter in a number of countries and has had the opportunity to speak and present research at important testing conferences across East Asia. His research interests are in the assessment of speaking, rater cognition, and language assessment literacy. He holds an MA in Language Testing from Lancaster University.