Academic literacy, Language testing, Transformation

Transformation and transition: four perspectives from the south on academic literacy assessment in times of change

:LTRC 2018 Symposium

At the upcoming LTRC 2018 in Auckland, several NExLA members will be involved in one of six symposia featuring top scholars from around the world. Join us in Session 2 on the first day if you’re there!

Time: Wednesday 4 July; 1:30 – 3:30
Presenters: Albert Weideman (Chair); Alan Cliff, Kabelo Sebolai, Mehdi Riazi, Cassi Liardet, Laura Drennan, and John Read (Discussant)

While massification has affected universities globally, there are significant challenges for assessing and developing academic literacy at universities in the southern hemisphere. These may well have implications for other contexts. This symposium will highlight those challenges, not only in respect of prospective and new enrolments in universities, but also for the language demands of postgraduate study. At both levels, these demands call for appropriate assessments of language ability that are sensitive to the transformatory needs of both students and lecturers. They arise, furthermore, in a context of transition, where universities are changing specifically in respect of diversity in intake, and the subsequent challenge to provide relevant language support.

A common thread in all four papers is that of making assessment not only relevant to, but useful for planning instruction, and aligning the language instruction with language development.

This symposium will therefore focus on issues of assessing academic literacy before entry to university, or after enrolling for the first time, or again just prior to making the transition to postgraduate study. A common thread in all four papers is that of making assessment not only relevant to, but useful for planning instruction, and aligning the language instruction with language development. Continue reading “Transformation and transition: four perspectives from the south on academic literacy assessment in times of change”

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