Assessing Speaking of Young Learners and Teens: Revisiting Principles and Tasks

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event Speaker: 
Kalyan Chattopadhyay
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for non-JALT members: 
500 yen
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Assessing speaking skills of young learners and teens is often considered one of the most challenging tasks for English language teachers. In this workshop, participants will first explore principles of task design and some traditional methods of assessing speaking. They will also be given opportunities to examine alternative methods of assessing speaking. Based on these explorations and examinations participants will develop criteria for assessing speaking in different contexts by combining different methods.

Kalyan Chattopadhyay works as lecturer, teacher trainer, researcher, author and advisor in a range of contexts. A University of Leeds and Hornby Trust alumnus, he is presently Associate Professor and Director at the English Language Centre at Bankim Sardar College, University of Calcutta. He has given plenary talks on language skills development, and the use of new technologies in language teaching in Cambodia, China, Nepal, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, and Vietnam. He is the immediate past Coordinator of IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers SIG (UK), and the current Vice President of AsiaCALL. He is a Cambridge University Press author and an IELTS research awardee.