Ch 11: Assessments for ESL Students

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Review how to use assessments with ESL students with this helpful chapter. The video and text lessons provided here can help you supplement what you're learning in class or prepare for an exam.

Assessments for ESL Students - Chapter Summary

This engaging chapter covers the use of assessments with ESL students. You'll review formative assessments as they're used with English language learners as well as informal assessments and their applications in ELL education. Once you complete this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Understand how performance-based assessments are used for ELL students
  • Use reading assessment strategies with ESL students
  • Detail how vocabulary assessments can be used with English language learners
  • Help ELL students prepare for standardized testing
  • Explain how language differences, cultural bias and testing bias affect assessments
  • Discuss some common issues faced by ELL students when taking standardized tests
  • Describe how alternative assessments can be used in ELL education

Take your time as you complete this chapter, and review these lessons as many times as you need. Our expert instructors have designed these learning resources to be accessible, easy-to-use and fun. Each lesson is followed by a short quiz that provides a great way to study for an exam or simply test your knowledge of assessment in ESL education.

9 Lessons in Chapter 11: Assessments for ESL Students
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Formative Assessments for ELL Students

1. Formative Assessments for ELL Students

Need some new ideas or just a refresher about formative assessment methods for ELL students? This lesson introduces the concept of formative assessment and offers practical strategies for implementation.

Informal Assessments for English Language Learners

2. Informal Assessments for English Language Learners

Informal assessments are a valuable way to check student progress in a relaxed setting. This lesson provides teachers with informal assessments specifically designed for use with ELLs (English language learners).

Performance-Based Assessments for English Language Learners

3. Performance-Based Assessments for English Language Learners

In this lesson, teachers will learn about implementing performance-based assessments in the classroom. Performance-based assessments are ideal for English language learner (ELL) students who have limited English proficiency.

ESL Reading Assessment Strategies

4. ESL Reading Assessment Strategies

This lesson describes some reading assessment strategies you can apply to ensure comprehension skills in ESL students of varied levels. These strategies provide you with instant feedback on students' progress.

Vocabulary Assessments for ELL Students

5. Vocabulary Assessments for ELL Students

For English Language Learners (ELLs), vocabulary is the basis for learning English. In this lesson, teachers will learn about how to use a variety of vocabulary assessments specifically designed for ELLs.

Preparing English Language Learners for Standardized Testing

6. Preparing English Language Learners for Standardized Testing

English language learners (ELLs) may dread standardized testing in English, unless they have proper preparation. This lesson helps teachers understand how ELLs approach and perform on standardized exams and goes over how to prepare them for these tests.

Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

7. Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

Assessments are used to gain useful information about test-takers' knowledge, skills and progress. Sometimes, however, the results of these assessments are incorrect due to biases. This lesson will differentiate and discuss types of testing bias and differences among test-takers that may lead to testing bias.

Alternative Assessments for English Language Learners

8. Alternative Assessments for English Language Learners

Alternative assessments allow English language learner (ELL) students to demonstrate their learning. In this lesson, teachers of ELL students will learn some strategies for offering alternative assessments in their classroom.

Assessment Issues with English Language Learners

9. Assessment Issues with English Language Learners

In this lesson, teachers will review some common issues that English language learner (ELL) students often face when taking both content-area and standardized assessments. This lesson also includes some strategies for teachers to help ELL students overcome these issues.

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