Issues in assessing ESL students
from By: Douglas Magrath
Testing styles in students' home countries are different than those in the U.S., and this is something ESL teachers should take into account when preparing assessments. Often the curriculum overseas will focus on many different subjects; material is usually learned by rote memorization. Students may not be familiar with multiple-choice tests or essay tests that include analysis and synthesis. Oral exams — common in some courses — may present a challenge to both students and instructors.
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