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2015 St Giles / IATEFL Award

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2015 Winner - Uzbekistan Teachers of English Association (UzTEA)

“Learner assessment linked to international standards”

The St Giles Educational Trust / IATEFL Training Award was awarded to UzTEA in 2015.

Since the Presidential Decree of December 2012, educational institutions across Uzbekistan have been involved in the process of transforming the teaching and learning of foreign languages and adopting a communicative approach linked to international standards. One of the key challenges is the reform of learner assessment, to keep pace with this process.

 UzTEA sought to train teachers in new principles and methodologies for assessment: this would provide a foundation for the establishment of a pool of assessors in each region who would in turn contribute significantly to the reform of assessment at national level.

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The course, which was delivered in Samarkand by St. Giles teacher trainers, focused on current assessment methodologies and techniques for each of the four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in the context of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The afternoon sessions were workshop-based and involved the teachers in materials design and practice assessment of tasks as well as planning how to ‘cascade’ what they had learned on the course to colleagues.

 Listen to what some of the participants had to say about the training they received.

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