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Online Assessment and Final Reflexions

Chapelle-Douglas (2006) talks about the importance of technology in language assessment and its future. It is explained that developing assessment is important because this will help students develop strategies for self-assessment. However, teachers need to be aware on how to evaluate an assessment to ensure proper validity and reliability. Teachers can develop their own assessments to reflect the materials that were taught in class. In my opinion, schools need to invest not only in technology, but also in training so that teachers can receive proper training to take advantage of the available technology. There are many factors to consider not only about the development of assessments but of the use of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in general. In this context, how do you think the cost of technology affects computer-assessment development? How do you think the cost of technology affects CALL in general? Do the school systems offer adequate training to teachers to fully take advantage of available technology for teaching and assessment? Finally, can you give your insight about CALL and its importance?

Lorenzo Manzano


Apr. 17th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I believe that CALL is very helpful for high school and college students. All college students should be able to take advantage of the Computer Assisted Language Learning. Students at this level are expected to be proficient in computers. It is also necessary for instructors to include CALL in their teaching method.One should also consider the fact that not all students have the same proficiency level in computers specially when they are in middle school and elementary school. At the same time teachers have different proficiency level in the Internt technology based on their age. Younger instructors are more familiar with the Internet technology while other instructors may be more comfortable with traditional classes. One should also consider the fact that when we talk about CALL we are referring to International students who are trying to learn a foreign language. colleges and schools should introduce CALL to their students after evaluating their proficiency level in computers. However, I believe that all college and high school instructors should be familiar with CALL and incorporate it in their teaching techniques based on their students abilities and knowledge.


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