International trends in English language assessment: implications for Bangladesh

Shrestha, Prithvi and Azim, Farhan (2014). International trends in English language assessment: implications for Bangladesh. In: English Language Skills Assessment in the Primary and Secondary Education Sectors in Bangladesh, 16 Mar 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Abstract

English language teaching and learning has come a long way away in the last 60 years. It has shifted from grammar and vocabulary learning to real language use in social contexts. This paradigm shift has affected English language assessment as well. In this talk, I will begin with our current understanding of language assessment and why we assess learners’ language abilities. This will be followed by a historical context of English language assessment before presenting case studies from other parts of the world. I will also report on a Bangladeshi study that explored English language assessment practices in secondary schools. Finally, implications of current developments in English language assessment for Bangladeshi primary and secondary schools will be highlighted.

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