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 SPEAKER
Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to EFL teachers in over 100 countries around the world. She is a Series Editor of National Geographic Learning’s young learner programs Welcome to Our World, Our World, and Explore Our World, as well as the teen program Impact, and an author of the professional development title Teaching Young Learners English.
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