Reflective Journal Sample

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Minh Nguyen
Journal 4
ELC 689
February, 8th 2010

What I have learned for the first four weeks of the course has prompted me to initiate new policies in testing administration together with training workshops for teachers in my division. The aims are to work toward better quality test practice: using tests for reflection on students’ progress rather than failing or passing students and improving the present test giving practice in weak areas such as validity, reliability, wash back.
My reflection on the three testing models is that we should move from the model with mid-term plus final assessment to the model where the assessment process is parallel to the teaching/learning process through the course. To achieve this aim new
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For example, assessments should be meaningful tasks, related to personal objectives and contextualized. To secure more reliability, marking criteria, especially for writing and speaking, should be double-checked by experienced test developers and administration procedures between classes need to be better standardized (Coombe, Folse & Hubley, 2007). Discussion as well as moderation should precede the marking sessions for productive skills. Listening sections which involve language production such as dictation and re-production should call for discussion and moderation too. Additionally, validity is the area that needs more attention especially in listening and reading, where it is more difficult to specify students’ characteristics and come up with the right specifications. For writing, topics and contexts should be given more work as they are easily affected by cultural bias.
It would further help if procedures in developing tests were elaborated with clear instructions about each stage, e.g. specifications must be consulted before the test development process (Coombe, Folse & Hubley, 2007). Other problems in the present test making practice as revealed in my test critique such as inadequate care given to the issues of background knowledge, skill contamination, backwash (Coombe, Folse & Hubley, 2007) should be all given due care.
The suggested policies and training will definitely benefit the students. As
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