The assessment of student writing is an essential task for language teachers, and yet many graduate programs do not require students to take a course in assessment or evaluation, and courses on teaching writing often devote only a limited amount of time to the discussion of assessment. Furthermore, teachers frequently need to prepare their students for externally mandated large-scale writing assessments, and thus they need to have an understanding of the uses and misuses of such tests. In this webinar we will explore the essential considerations in classroom and large-scale writing assessments. Topics to be discussed include designing tasks for writing assessment, scoring rubrics, computer scoring of writing, and portfolio assessment.
Sara C. Weigle, Georgia State University
December 8, 2011