ASSESS Project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, as a Strategic Partnership for the Development of Innovation in School Education. It aims to define innovative methods and tools for the assessment of EFL learners. Its main goal is to bring new approaches to assessment and contribute to development of evaluation consciousness. It also wants to support restoration of assessment system and share good practices among European countries.
Progress of the Project’s Intellectual Outputs
Consortium partners have been working on the intellectual outputs of the project in the past months and have successfully completed the following deliverables:
Intellectual Output 1: Report on Curriculum
All partners created a database of stakeholders relevant for the implementation, and mapped the Curriculum in their respective countries, for the purpose of arriving at the Common Curriculum.
Intellectual Output 2: Database for Online Exam Online Creator
Each partner in the consortium created 50 Tests for 4 topics each i.e. 200 Tests and contributed to the database for Online Exam Creator leading to a database of 1200 tests.
Intellectual Output 3: Rating Scale
The Partner from Greece created a Handbook for Assessments by elaborating the process of constructing scales for Evaluation. The efforts have gone in simplifying the complex and multi-dimensional testing process.
Intellectual Output 4: Online Exam Creator
Currently, the consortium partner from Spain, Inercia Digital, is working on the Online Exam Creator.
Intellectual Output 5: Teachers’ Guidebook
In the coming months, after the completion of the Online Exam Creator, the consortium will proceed to the final intellectual output, the Teacher’s Guidebook.
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.