He holds the Cambridge RSA Diploma for Overseas Teachers of English (DOTE) and has a specialization in teacher training (PRINSELT) from the College of St. Mark & St. John in Plymouth, UK. He has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and academic consultant for 30 years, having also worked as a course tutor for the teaching qualifications CELTA, ICELT and DELTA. Based in Brazil, he has been in Cambridge Assessment English for 3 years and continuing professional development for teachers is one of his key interests.
A survey made by his team in the Americas showed that assessment was one of the areas teachers were struggling with this year, mainly because they could not give learners a typical classroom test during their emergency remote teaching. Requests for support included how to assess learners in this situation and diagnosing whether learners were ready for an external exam. In this presentation, Alberto Costa will report on one of the actions they took, the “Next stop: Assessment for Learning” series of webinars, aiming to provide support with diagnostic and formative assessment and to increase success in summative assessment.