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  Course Details
Assessing Multilingual Learners
Course Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Face to face
CPD Long Term:
CPD Credit Hours: Hours: 5 Minutes: 30
  Event Address
The Board Room
No 63
Bayswater Road
W2 3PH
United Kingdom
Fax: +44 (0)20 7723 1061
  Contact Details
Provider: ELT well
Course Manager:
Website: www.ELTwell.co.uk
  Event Details
Dates: 14/05/2012 - 14/05/2012
Times: 09:45 - 17:00
No. of Delegates: 20
Delegate Price: GBP 165.00
SASC Ref.: ELT14512
   Audience Restriction
   Course Summary
This workshop offers an overview of the pedagogical and cultural issues that arise from assessing for and identifying SpLDs in learners from diverse backgrounds. Through small-group work and experiential learning participants will try out the assessment materials and arrive at solutions to suit their own contexts. Numbers are limited at each event to a maximum of 20 participants to facilitate discussion and trouble-shooting. A full set of materials is included in the workshop fee.
   Course Detail

This workshop is designed for assessors working with learners who do not have English as a first language, at any stage of the education system. It explores the ways in which working with multilingual learners is different and how the validity of many assessment tools is compromised in that situation. Three main themes are explored during the day-long workshop: assessment issues, communication issues and cultural issues.

'Cognitive Assessments for Multilingual Learners' (CAML) is presented as a suite of materials that assesses a comprehensive range of cognitive functions, without conflating them with English language proficiency, and participants have the opportunity to try out the materials and discuss them in the context of their own settings.  A full set of these materials is included in the workshop fee, for participants to take away.

Communication strategies are suggested that can overcome the language barriers that reduce reliability in the assessment of multilingual learners, and participants can take away a set of materials that supports these strategies, related to the CAML assessment suite.

Cultural issues pertaining to perceptions of difference and disability are explored in the context of how to present the findings in the assessment report. Participants have the opportunity to share experience and best practice and to discuss a range of scenarios in order to consider the most appropriate approach to take in their contexts.

This is an intensive day, covering a considerable amount of material, but previous participants report that they have left the workshop feeling 'empowered' and 'inspired', and ready to tackle the perennial problem of distinguishing between difficulties caused by the on-going language learning process, and those that stem from an underlying cognitive difference, such as dyslexia.

   CPD Themes
  • Reviewing principles of psychometrics, statistics, assessment and underlying theory
  • SpLD testing methods, interpretation, report writing, feedback and test materials
  • Assessors
  • Assessment centers
  • Training institutions
  • Completion of a recognised course in working with learners with a SpLD.
  • Holding (or being in the process of applying for) an Assessor's Practising Certificate.
   Learning Outcomes
  • 1. An understanding of the testing issues that arise when assessing learners from diverse language backgrounds.
  • 2. A greater insight into the cultural issues that arise when assessing learners from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
  • 3. A wider repertoire of communication strategies for multilingual situations.
  • 4. A practical ability to use the CAML materials confidently to build up a cognitive profile of a multilingual learner.