Deconstructing Assessment

2 When and how to assess in the Adult ESL literacy context?

Since the implementation of the PBLA in LINC and Adult ESL, the classroom-based assessment practices have been in the spotlight. I have often heard concerns regarding the implementation of PBLA in the ESL Literacy classes. In my experience using PBLA with ESL Literacy students, it is important to remember that the assessment (similar to the tasks discussed in Module 2) can and must be level appropriate, deconstructed into smaller, manageable, and comprehensible at the ESL Literacy level steps. Assessment practices at this level must be used with consistency to allow ESL literacy learners develop skills necessary for understanding and performing assessment processes and requirements.

"Informal assessment happens in the classroom all the time. Instructors can work to turn informal assessments into formal assessments by making adjustments to their teaching practice. Ideally, assessment is an integrated and on-going process--a regular classroom routine--that feedbacks both teaching and learning." (CATK, 2015: vii-viii).

How do you keep track of the assessment in your classes? Time for a challenge:
Can you think of 10 assessment tools that you can use to assess/evaluate learner progress? If you can, share your list of 10 on the forum (Task 1). 

If you are not sure or cannot think of anything at this moment, feel free to scan through the CATK to make a list of assessment tools suggested in the toolkit. For example,

1. Go to "Assessment”

2. Go to "Reading”

3. Access PDF available for 2L

4. Find the "Tool”

5. What tools are used? Scroll down to see what they are. Have you used any of them before?

6. Continue till you get a list of 10 tools.