Friday 10 April 2015 10.00 – 17.00
Testing is becoming an increasingly important area of language teaching, including the teaching of specialised English. It is often assumed that teachers of Business English, for example, automatically know how to set, score and run tests, but this is in fact not always the case. The joint PCE offered by BESIG and TEASIG will focus on the testing of more than just language and cover general principles of test setting, constructing tests for different purposes, and deal with the issues of testing knowledge, skills and intercultural competence.
The PCE presenters will deal with, among other things, the following questions: What do teachers need to know about testing in order to set valid and reliable tests? Are teachers always the best test-setters and testers? What is the main purpose of tests? How can tests be useful and valid? How can we test more than just language and should we do this? What are the differences between oral and written tests? The PCE will end with a panel discussion where delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions, raise issues and deal with any open issues. The speakers are international experts who will share their expertise and experience with BESIG and TEASIG members.
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British Council, UK
¨Principles of testing¨