Beyond "Political Correctness" in Language Assessment: A View from an Outsider
Date: Wednesday, November 17th, 2004 Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Speaker: H. Douglas Brown, Professor of English at San Francisco State University
For many decades, English language tests have conformed to such long-standing principles as practicality, reliability, and construct validity, all of which are sound, "politically correct" foundations. However, such testing practices often lack the authenticity, the washback, and content validity present in more performance-based, biased-for-best, formative, and collaborative evaluation of language abilities. The presenter will offer some practical examples of transforming traditional tests into what may perhaps be politically incorrect, but nevertheless authentic assessments.
Organization: Hiroshima Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Hiroshima JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 500 yen
Venue: Hiroshima City Plaza (One block north of Crystal Plaza), 5th Floor (Phone: 082-545-3911)
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