I was recently recommended the NASSEA assessment tool which has been designed for British state school students. I decided to buy myself a copy and begin trailing it to see if it could help me.
I have really enjoyed my initial experience with the tool. I have found that it's really changed my practise in my teaching and it's got me to think about observing my students in class more, as opposed to listening to the class teachers for feedback. I am able to see where the students need further support, where scaffolding has been successful and whether or not they are able to apply what I have taught them in EAL. I am also starting to keep better records of my student's progress and tracking their improvement as I go. I much prefer a formative assessment tool, to the summative assessments, which I feel end up checking grammar and vocabulary in isolation, rather than in the context of the students work.
I would really like to know how other EAL teachers are assessing their students and if they are also using the NASSEA and their experience with the tool.
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