With the commitment to advancing the practice of quality assurance, the Academic Development and Quality Committee at the Faculty of Languages & Translation (King Abdullah Road Campus) organized a workshop titled "Implementing Basic Language Assessment Principles" delivered by Dr. Sara Sevinj Huseynova on Wednesday 6th November 2019. The workshop was about the assessment principles themselves and how to provide valuable feedback while considering the local cultural tendencies. The workshop highlighted that tests are subsets of assessment; therefore, they should never be the entire basis of how to determine the students' level or progress. The teachers might want to assess the students' performance by other various forms of assessment. Also, high-quality tests should be developed in accordance with the fundamental principles of language assessment. It is highly desirable that the teachers, especially teaching the new language for students, are very clear about what kinds of assignments are expected in the evaluation. Moreover, the assessment should promote reliable and consistent judgments by the teachers teaching the same subject.
Dr. Huseynova and the participants discussed the impact that tests have on teaching and learning. She explained that feedback should utilize the new discoverers of the neuroscience and applied linguistics about the ways of providing negative feedback to the female students in a positive manner. The handout on "Giving and Receiving Constructive Oral Feedback for Improving Students' Performance" was an additional resource for the participants of the workshop. It was noted that constructive and broadminded feedback will work, which assists the students in making one further step in a non-invasive and considerate way. Finally, correct feedback can improve attention, memory, and make the student's mental capacity closer to the positive intelligence brain.
Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation