The object of this book is to present as clear an account as possible of the historical development of educational testing in Chile with regards to the Chilean National English test. It is a mixed-genre, story within a story, autobiographical-historical text interwoven into one continuous, developmental narrative, of a t Bienvenido. It is a mixed-genre, story within a story, autobiographical-historical text interwoven into one continuous, developmental narrative, of a teacher and of a nation, Chile. The aim has been to adapt it to the needs of the great body of busy teachers and learners who have neither the time nor the means to make a comprehensive study, but are earnestly striving to be informed regarding the facts that are indispensable for an understanding of the theory and practice of modern English Language teaching, learning and testing in a foreign language context.
Why this book? This book is written by a teacher, for teachers, worldwide.
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It deals with questions of interpreting test results, washback, and the inevitable, preparing for international exams, regardless of type. Yet beyond these considerations, there is the historical aspect.
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Thus, we repeat the mistakes of the past, unnecessarily. Yet, is this book able to make a contribution? Does it provide new knowledge, new insights? Despite the hasty conceived generalization that socioeconomic factors explain everything, I believe this book has something new to say, the ability to shed a fresh light, from a different, closer perspective than what we have been provided thus far. They go to poor schools, with weak teachers, with low hopes and low self-esteem, hopeless and helpless.
Yes, we know, this is what worldwide is often the case for the underprivileged masses. To exemplify, Carolina Schmidt, the current Minister of Education, here in Chile, said, I paraphrase in my own words : The situation here in Chile is that learning English is a socioeconomic privilege. I hope the reading of this book will lead you to draw a different, more hopeful, conclusion.
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There is much to consider. Teaching, learning, testing and education are on the minds of the whole world right now. Jan 23, Chantal Bellehumeur rated it it was amazing. Let me start by saying that I don't usually read non-fionctionnal books because I prefer stories.
However, I truly enjoyed reading this well researched study about the way the English language is tough in Chile, and the improvements that are slowly being made to the education system This book was very informative, with relevant graphics, statistics, links etc, but also fun to read. When teacher data are matched with school-level data on student achievement using a national assessment data set SIMCE , some teacher and school characteristics affect student performance, but a great deal of unexplained variance among sectors remains important in predicting student outcomes.
Teacher education, decentralization of decisionmaking authority, whether the school schedule is strictly enforced, and the extent to which teachers have autonomy in designing teaching plans and implementing projects all appear to affect student outcomes. Interestingly, teacher autonomy has positive effects on student outcomes only when decisionmaking authority is decentralized.
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