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Being able to assess ELLs with reliability and validity presents unique challenges. For this discussion, you will read about and disseminate the purpose of and complications with assessing ELLs. Respond to either the K-12 or adult learning questions, but not both.

To structure your writing,

  • Your audience will be you. This post will require reflection on our content.
  • Your role is that of someone who understands the information from a research perspective.
  • The format options include: 1) PPT with or without screencast or voiceover, 2) Video submission through Week 3 Discussions, or 3) a two to three paragraph written piece.
  • The purpose is to explain the purposes of assessment and challenges of assessing ELLs.

Children or Students in a K-12 Learning Context

Adult Learning Context

Read from your primary text:

  • Chapter 4: Assessment and Program Options
  • Chapter 9: Learners with Special Needs

Watch colorincolorado’s 2015 video Assessment for ELLs (Links to an external site.)

Read from your primary text:

Watch International TEFOL Academy’s 2011 video How to Assess Listening in Your ESL Classroom (Links to an external site.)

Address the following items in your original post.

  • Explain the purposes of assessment for ELLs.
  • Summarize some of the challenges with assessing ELLs.
  • Clarify what information is new to you and how your thinking might have changed based on this information.
  • Generate one or two questions you still have about assessing ELLs.

Address the following items in your original post.

  • Explain the purposes of assessment for ELLs.
  • Summarize some of the challenges with assessing ELLs.
  • Clarify what information is new to you and how your thinking might have changed based on this information.
  • Generate one or two questions you still have about assessing ELLs.


Guided Response:
Review several of your classmates’ posts, and respond to at least two. Compare the answers of your classmates to yours. Notice any complications of assessment based on the age of the learners. You might choose to respond to one person who is writing about the adult context and one who is writing about the K-12 context. For distinguished peer responses, respond with a minimum of five sentences that add to the conversation, and refrain from evaluative posts (i.e., You did a good job.).