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CLIL4U Pre-Course Unit 8 - Evaluation & Assessment

Evaluation and Assessment

Assessing CLIL learning is different from usual school testing. With CLIL, the student is learning new content and new language at the same time, and the teacher needs to be able to assess progress in each. CLIL teachers can use assessment and feedback to encourage learners to work on developing their understanding of the subject content, and to focus them on appropriate and accurate language use.

If subject content and language are not both assessed, the dual focus of CLIL is lost (1). However, sometimes priority can be given to understanding of content, and sometimes to accurate language use.

Assessment of a range of criteria is more useful than focus on a single aspect of learning, and this is made easier if a rubric is used (2). A rubric is a grid listing the criteria to be assessed in rows, divided into a column for each grade. In each cell, there are descriptors, which quantify what the learner has to do to achieve the grade. It is most motivating if the highest grade is shown first (3).

If one of the criteria for a maths task is accurate measurement, students know that this is an important measure of proficency (4). If high marks are given for critical thinking, learners can make sure that they are critical in their answer (5). If team work was then added to the list of criteria, learners would make the effort to interact (6). Moreover, if a student is given a low grade in one particular category, she knows that if she had focussed more on that area, she would have been more successful (7). She can also seethat if she worked harder in future, her grade would improve (8).

In this way, assessment can help students understand the aim of their learning and how to identify and fill any gaps.

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This Unit forms part of a language course designedto help teachers refreshtheir English language skills.

It was developed as part of the EU Project ‘CLIL4U’, and is intended as preparation for the main CLIL4U course onTeaching through CLIL.

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