Formative Language Assessment


4 PLUs | 2 Days | 35 Participants Maximum*

Delivery Format: Face-to-face

This two-day workshop examines formative assessment practices designed to focus students' and teachers' attention on English language development within the context of general classroom instruction. By analyzing observable learning interactions, participants will develop (a) a deeper understanding of factors that shape academic language development and (b) strategies to foster students’ engagement with language learning in disciplinary practices. The FLA workshop is designed for general classroom teachers and English language specialists who share instructional responsibility for language learners. Ideally, these teachers and specialists are already engaged in collaborative practices which integrate language and content learning in their classrooms. Expertise in using the WIDA Standards Framework is needed for this workshop.

Learning Goals:

  • Describe students and their learning with a focus on growth that capitalizes on their assets.
  • Recognize effective formative assessment practices that advance content learning and language development.
  • Leverage learner roles within disciplinary practices to create opportunities for purposeful language use.
  • Develop learning goals and success criteria that support learning and language development.
  • Design learning which elicits purposeful language use related to success criteria within learning goals.
  • Engage in on-going formative feedback that advances learning and language development.

*We have found this audience size to be the most effective for facilitator-participant interaction. If you are considering additional participants, this must be discussed and approved with WIDA in advance as it may change the number of facilitators required for the event.

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