Supported by the College, the Language Pedagogy Innovation Initiative is spurring innovation in language teaching through language assessment literacy, proficiency-based testing, and reverse design. Instructors first attend workshops on language assessment aimed at various proficiency levels (Competency, Practical, and Advanced), then apply for grants to design and develop tests that measure proficiency in four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) in a given language. Once a new test has been created, instructors can apply for grants to design and develop curricula that help students reach the functional outcomes specified in the new test. The end goal is having Competency, Practical Proficiency, and Advanced Proficiency tests that measure students ability to use language in the “real world,” and having curricula that prepare students to do so. Read more about the Language Pedagogy Innovation Initiative on the Office of Language Assessment’s LPII page.
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