The project ASSESS aims to define innovative methods and tools for the assessment of EFL learners and to bring new approaches to this procedure in European countries.
One of the major outputs of this project is the development of a practical Handbook for Evaluation and Assessment Methods for speaking and writing skills. The output’s aim is to help English teachers to improve their professional skills on preparing rating scales for their exams. The Handbook will be ready by the end of November.
Moreover, as we are adapting to a new reality due to the pandemic of Covid-19, remote learning is becoming a necessity due to closure of schools during lockdown periods. Digital technologies and distance teaching and learning have become popular educational tools and methods.
To facilitate the learning & teaching process during these unprecedented circumstances we decided to adapt and upload the materials prepared by the ASSESS partners on the LEΑRNING TOOLKIT: Action Synergy’s eLearning platform. More specifically, numerous exams/exercises (vocabulary, reading, writing, listening & speaking) prepared by the ASSESS partnership for A1 & A2 Level EFL Students are now available on https://actionelearning.eu. The chapters covered include: the weather, shopping, sports, my city/town. The students have the option to read the text or to listen to the audio before completing the exams/exercises that include “fill in the gaps”, “click & drag”, “true or false” open type answers, etc.
Our Assess project is steaming ahead regardless of CoVid-19 restrictions. The partners from Portugal, Turkey, Finland, Greece, Germany and Spain have each completed 200 exams involving vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and speaking, a total of 1200 exams. The exercises were built on specific vocabulary and the listening exams will, this autumn be recorded into audio files for the project. The voiceover talents of Megan and Luke Britton, native Brits, will be used for the recordings. The Finnish partner’s audio files have already been completed and the other partner’s files are being prepared. This will then see the completion of the exams for the Intellectual Output 2: Database for the Online Exam Creator.
Our dissemination efforts are expanding and the Assess Facebook page now has 118 likes. The partners will continue adding more interesting items to the Facebook Page to keep it lively and engaging.
September has brought the reopening of schools after the lockdown in each country. New measures in each country and the uncertainty of how to organise the classrooms maintaining thousands of children safe are making parents, educational professionals and high positions of authorities anxious.
With the beginning of this new period, the partners of the project ASSESS have had a meeting to guide the development of our project. Despite the impossibility of having a face to face meeting, the project has not been paused in any moment. Now we are carrying out questionnaires about the assessment of speaking and writing skills for teachers.
We are aware of the loads of work that teachers are having daily and of their needs of having their lives facilitated. Because of that, our objective is to give birth to the Online Exam Creator that will provide teachers with some exams to assess English as Foreign Language in the classrooms of Primary Education.
The Online Exam Creator will be developed during the end of this year and the beginning of 2021. Once developed, it will be proved by teachers with their students. If you are a teacher and you want to participate or you are interested in having more information about the project, contact with us in firstname.lastname@example.org