Assessment Literacy

This series of 12 videos is designed to give teachers an introduction into the area of assessment literacy. Each video covers a different area of assessment literacy and is accompanied by a worksheet to help guide learning. The series does not set out to provide a definitive explanation of the areas below, but to introduce some key ideas and considerations in assessment literacy.

Each video and worksheet ends with a suggestion for reading to help support further learning.

1. Introduction to Assessment Literacy

This video considers what assessment literacy is and its importance for students, teachers, managers and policymakers.

2. Types of Assessment

This video looks at the different types of assessment learners and teachers experience on a learning journey and considers reasons for these different types of assessment.

3. Constructive Alignment

This video introduces the idea of constructive alignment and the role it plays in teaching, assessment and general learning goals.

4. Classroom Assessment

This video looks at some of the different types of assessment methods used in language classrooms and give practical suggestions for teachers.

5. Assessment Considerations

This video looks at the considerations that need to be borne in mind when writing and/or choosing tests, including validity, reliability and practicality.

6. Bloom’s Taxonomy

This video looks at Bloom’s Taxonomy and how it can be applied in classrooms to support effective learning and teaching.


7. Washback

This video introduces the concept of washback, the relation tests can have on classroom practice and learning.

8. Affective Filters

This video considers affective filters, the emotional reactions that can impact learning, in the classroom and in testing situations.


9. Progress testing

This video looks at progress testing, their purpose and how teachers can make the most of them to develop learners’ attainment.

10. Diagnostic Assessments

This video considers the role of diagnostic assessments in helping teachers and learners plan learning as well as their potential role as holistic classroom tool for peer support.


11. Graded Exams in Spoken English (GESE)

This video gives an overview of the Trinity GESE, the internationally recognised speaking and listening exams.

12. Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

This video gives an overview of the Trinity ISE, the internationally recognised four skills exam.


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