A Casebook of Dynamic Assessment in Foreign Language Education

Matthew E. Poehner
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100 pg.

The Casebook provides detailed accounts of the experiences of two L2 classroom
teachers with DA. The first case occurs in a primary school L2 Spanish class. Here, the
teacher’s interest is to find a more systematic approach to providing feedback to learners
as she interacts with them during daily classroom activities. As this case reveals, the
teacher’s experience using DA also had unanticipated consequences for her thinking
about the kinds of activities she wanted to engage learners in and the opportunities for
language use that are valuable to her students. The second case involves an advanced
university-level L2 Japanese writing course. The teacher turned to DA in order to make
her use of a process approach to writing (including multiple drafts, writing conferences,
and peer feedback sessions) more beneficial to her students. The result is a three-tiered
approach to DA that includes individualized teacher-learner sessions, peer group work,
and whole class DA interactions. For both cases, specific DA interactions are brought into
focus and discussed. The interactions themselves are transcribed and included as part of
the text.

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