Although writing has become an important part of language instruction, language teacher education courses and materials still do not provide much information about classroom writing assessment. In this plenary talk, a world-renowned second language writing specialist will provide an overview of writing assessment literacy for the language classroom. He will begin by discussing writing assessment literacy and its relevance to classroom teaching. He will then discuss some of the key concepts in writing assessment and different types of writing assessment rubrics, pointing out the differences between standardized writing tests and classroom writing assessment. He will conclude with a brief discussion of how teachers can use assessment to promote student writing development.
Building on the plenary talk, “Writing Assessment Literacy for Language Teachers,” this workshop will provide practical ideas for practicing effective writing assessment in the language classroom. Some of the key topics to be discussed include: How to develop writing assessment rubrics; how to use rubrics to facilitate learning; how to simplify writing assessment while maximizing learning; how to advocate for better writing assessment practices (and other innovative ideas) within the institution. Participants are encouraged to bring other questions about writing assessment and writing instruction.