Young learners can often feel nervous or worried about assessments where they have to produce a piece of writing or to perform in an oral test. In this session, we look at the challenges these young test takers face and how to support them in overcoming these, so they feel relaxed, confident and able to give their best performance.
We will also examine the features of the assessment criteria used in speaking and writing tests and how we can use these to help prepare students for the tests. To conclude we’ll consider the kind of feedback we can give our students to encourage and enable them to improve their performances.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Sean Bermingham is an Executive Editor for National Geographic Learning. A former English language teacher, Sean has given presentations and workshops at language teaching conferences in Asia and North America. He is currently based in Singapore, where he works on the development of new products for the global ELT market, including coursebooks, digital components, and instructor materials.
Christopher Street is a Senior Development Editor for National Geographic Learning. He has been based in Singapore since 2004 and has many years’ experience working in ELT, both as a teacher and Academic Director. Chris achieved his MSc in TESOL in 2014, with a specialism in course and materials design, and moved into the ELT publishing industry shortly afterwards. Most recently, Chris has worked as the lead editor on the new edition of National Geographic Learning’s Reading Explorer series.