Running placement tests for a large cohort of new students can be time-consuming, costly and tedious. Dr Adrian Raper’s five-question framework makes it totally efficient. Test it here.
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Have you ever wondered about the process of publishing, or becoming an author? In this mini-series, we share three different experiences of three different types of publishing. This week, Felicity O’Dell tells us how she self-published her book 100+ Tips and Tricks for Success in Language Learning.
This series uncovers ideas and activities from British Council IELTS teaching centres around the world. Read on for four lessons from British Council Vietnam.
Online proctoring can help make remote assessment programmes more accessible and flexible. But what should you look for in a provider?
Have you ever wondered about the process of publishing, or becoming an author? In this mini-series, we share three different experiences in three different types of publishing. This week, Martin Moore shares tips on how to work with a large publishing house.
Should a placement test include speaking and writing? Is it important that it is adaptive? Does a test-taker have to attempt every question? What, in fact is a placement test?
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.
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?
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.
'We like your online placement test,' said the teacher at Taiwan’s Asia University, 'but with 1,000 freshers and only 20 computers, we’d be halfway through the first semester before we could even sort out our classes.' Placement tests are a chore. In most schools they...
Elinor Stokes of Atlas English reviews the new version of Active Reading. The whole of Active Reading is available, free of charge, till 30 November 2019.
All the main browser suppliers have stated that web page content using Adobe’s Flash Player (Flash) will be supported until the end of 2020. But the ease with which Flash can be enabled is changing, and a few ClarityEnglish programs still rely on Flash — so this is a current status report.
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.
In this article, first published in the EL Gazette, Andrew Stokes explains how the current approach to student recruitment often fails both the student and the university.
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.
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