English Language Teaching Event

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  • Speakers:
    Sarah Rogerson
    Colin Finnerty
    Ed Hackett
    Robin Lee
    Tom Mathews
    Oliver Bigland
  • Date and Time:
    12th May - 2nd June 2020

Get practical support and guidance for delivering effective English language assessment online through a series of webinars delivered by leading OUP ELT Assessment experts. Through a range of topics from how to prepare your students for a proficiency exam to how to assess in a post-pandemic world they will be offering their expertise to ensure you can provide effective feedback to your students on their learning journey, and keep them engaged and motivated in these unprecedented times.

You will also have the opportunity to connect with colleagues around the world and share thoughts and ideas. Join any of the sessions and you will receive a certificate of attendance.

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Overview

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12th May 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST & 13th May 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 BST (British Summer Time)

Assessing in a Post-Pandemic World by Sarah Rogerson

Global school closures mean that even teachers who have always avoided online are being forced to deliver lessons and/or content to their students digitally. There’s a spectrum here from the school which provides a few worksheets to parents, to the schools who carry out all lessons via Zoom. In the absence of face-face contact, good assessment is more important than ever in providing feedback to students on their learning journey and keeping students engaged and motivated. Delivering this type of assessment online might be a challenge for some teachers and, in my session, I’ll talk about some different scenarios where good assessment can be implemented, and I’ll provide you with a toolkit for carrying out assessment online.

19th May 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST & 14:00 - 15:00 BST (British Summer Time)

Assessment Literacy for Teachers by Colin Finnerty and Ed Hackett

Research shows that the typical teacher can spend up to a third of their professional life involved in assessment-related activities (Stiggins and Conklin 1992), but few have had the opportunity to learn the principles of language assessment. If you’re a little rusty, or new to key language assessment concepts such as such as validity, reliability, impact, and practicality, then this is the session for you.

21st May 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST & 14:00 - 15:00 BST (British Summer Time)

Writing tests for teenagers by Robin Lee

Explore the challenges of writing good test items with a particular focus on testing teens. We will take a high-level look at the principles of testing teenagers before delving deeper into the dos and don’ts of item writing, using examples from the upcoming Oxford Test of English for Schools to illustrate the journey.

28th May 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST & 14:00 - 15:00 BST (British Summer Time)

How to choose a language test by Colin Finnerty

With so many English proficiency tests available, how do you go about advising your students on the right one to choose? In this session we'll provide you with a toolkit covering the key considerations to put you in good stead when advising on language test choice for your students.

2nd June 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST & 14:00 - 15:00 BST (British Summer Time)

Get your students ready for their proficiency test b Colin Finnerty, Tom Mathews, and Oliver Bigland

Preparing our students for their proficiency test can be quite a challenge, particularly at a distance. In this session we’ll be looking at a number of activities you can do with your students to help get them ready for their proficiency test. We will be using examples from the Oxford Test of English, but activities will be useful for preparing students for any English proficiency test.

Each session will run twice at different times of day to suit teachers in different time zones.

Date and Times

You can check the equivalent time in your country with this time zone converter.

12th May - 2nd June 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST

  • UTC 06:00 - 07:00
  • UK (UTC+1) 07:00 - 08:00
  • UAE (GST) 10:00 - 11:00
  • Japan (JST) 15:00 - 16:00
  • Brazil (BRST) 03:00 - 04:00
  • New York (EST) 02:00 - 03:00

12th May - 2nd June 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 BST

  • UTC 13:00 - 14:00
  • UK (UTC+1) 14:00 - 15:00
  • UAE (GST) 17:00 - 18:00
  • Japan (JST) 23:00 - 00:00 (+1 day)
  • Brazil (BRST) 10:00 - 11:00
  • New York (EST) 09:00 - 10:00

Speakers

Sarah Rogerson is Director of Assessment at Oxford University Press. She has worked in English language teaching and assessment for 20 years and is passionate about education for all and digital innovation in ELT. Like most people, Sarah is currently on lock-down in the UK. She’s trying to juggle work with the home-schooling of 7 year old twins and loving every minute of it!

Robin Lee has been working for Oxford University Press for five years and is the product manager for the Oxford Test of English and the Oxford Test of English for Schools. Before joining OUP, he worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, and item writer, mostly in East Asia and Southeast Asia. His interests include data analysis and the use of technology in assessment.

Colin Finnerty is the Head of Assessment Production in the Assessment Group at Oxford University Press (OUP). Since joining OUP in 2011, he has been involved in the development the Oxford Placement Test for Young Learners and the Oxford Test of English. Prior to joining OUP, Colin worked on the IELTS test at Cambridge Assessment, and spent over 14 years as a teacher and trainer, both in the UK and overseas. Colin holds an MSc in TESOL.

Ed Hackett is the Head of Assessment Research in the English Language Teaching division at Oxford University Press (OUP). He is responsible for test design and validation, and quality assurance. After joining OUP in 2010, he was involved in the development and launches of the American version of Oxford Placement Test, the Oxford Young Learners Placement Test, and the Oxford Test of English. Prior to joining OUP, Ed worked at Cambridge Assessment for 11 years, and also spent over 14 years as a teacher and teacher trainer, both in the UK and overseas. Ed holds an MSc in TESOL.

With 10 years’ working in ELT in Spain and the UK, Tom Mathews is experienced in both exam preparation for students and teacher training. Now an Assessment Support Manager at Oxford University Press, his previous roles include working as an ELT consultant, a Speaking assessor, an English coordinator in a multinational company, and a teacher in academies and businesses. Having learned Spanish to an advanced level, Tom understands the challenges that students and test takers face.

Oliver Bigland has over 8 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher in the UK, Spain and Japan. He holds a BA in English Literature and Modern English Language, and is currently working towards an MA in Applied Linguistics. Oliver has taught exam preparation classes for a range of English proficiency tests. He now works as an Assessment Support Manager on a number of assessment products including the Oxford Test of English at Oxford University Press.

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In the follow-up email, attendees will receive:

  • Access to an online Feedback Survey, which you can use to tell us about your experience
  • Personalised Professional Development Certificate
  • Recording of your webinar session
  • Presentation Slides

For further information about registering and taking part in our webinars, please view the Technical Support and FAQ's section of our Webinars page or contact elt.events@oup.com.

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Each session will run twice at different times of day to suit teachers in different time zones.


12th May 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST - Assessing in a Post-Pandemic World by Sarah Rogerson Register now


13th May 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 BST- Assessing in a Post-Pandemic World by Sarah Rogerson Register now


19th May 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST- Assessment Literacy for Teachers by Colin Finnerty & Ed Hackett Register now


19th May 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 BST- Assessment Literacy for Teachers by Colin Finnerty & Ed Hackett Register now


21st May 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST- Writing tests for teenagers by Robin Lee Register now


21st May 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 BST- Writing tests for teenagers by Robin Lee Register now


28th May 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST- How to choose a language test by Colin Finnerty Register now


28th May 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 BST- How to choose a language test by Colin Finnerty Register now


2nd June2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST- Get your students ready for their proficiency test by Colin Finnerty,Tom Mathews & Oliver Bigland Register now


2nd June 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 BST - Get your students ready for their proficiency test by Colin Finnerty,Tom Mathews & Oliver Bigland Register now