In this article, published in the EL Gazette May/June 2019 issue, Elinor Stokes talks to Melaine Butler about her life in a digital ELT family.
Ever more complex: Evaluating digital materials
Pete Sharma, co-founder of Pete Sharma Associates, specialises in every aspect of blended learning. He is a teacher trainer, writer and prolific conference speaker. He caught up with Clarity’s Adrian Raper at IATEFL in Liverpool.
Behind the scenes on the Clarity servers
How do Clarity’s programs get to your student’s phones, and what does a database in the Cloud look like? What makes the system reliable and why is Clarity upgrading?
Teaching to the test or teaching to the construct? How the CEFR supports teaching, testing and learning
In this interview, Adrian Raper talks to Richard Spiby from the British Council on CEFR and the importance of teaching to the test construct.
ClarityEnglish’s readiness for the GDPR
We care about protecting your privacy. Over the last 25 years, we have been scrupulous in keeping and updating our clients’ information in our database. In light of the GDPR, we would like to reassure you that Clarity and its staff are determined to protect the personal data that you have shared with us.
Setting up a level test: challenges and solutions
When Clarity and telc first conceptualised the Dynamic Placement Test, a key objective was to devise a democratic test — a computer-based level test available to schools whatever their digital setup. At the same time, we didn’t want to compromise on the technology: it needed to be a test that went well beyond multiple choice questions and gap fills. So within these constraints, the team prioritised three areas.
ClarityEnglish and Flash
What is Clarity’s policy for supporting and replacing Flash-based programs?
Cheating and the Dynamic Placement Test
Can a test run on a student’s device ever be secure? What’s to stop a test taker looking up the answers on the Internet? What, in fact, does ‘secure’ mean in the context of a placement test?
‘I’m sorry to say at the moment people don’t take tests for fun.’
Sean McDonald of telc catches up with Adrian Raper at the IATEFL Conference in Glasgow. He discusses his philosophy of testing, and the steady move from paper-based exams towards digital language assessment.
A CEFR for China?
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) was originally developed for Europe, but the ‘can do’ statements have global application. After all, the ability to ‘understand simple technical information, such as operating instructions for everyday...