Understanding ELL Writing: Assessment Strategies and Best Practices
Leslie Davis,Kiley Miller
Wednesday, January 15th 2020
1 hours 50 minutes
In this workshop, faculty, TAs, and GTAs who are tasked with assessing writing will engage in conversation about how to best approach the writing of ESL students. Given the marked difference in their language use, it is important to consider the impact of privileging native English-speaking writers while penalizing writers who are learning standard, academic English. We will look at samples of assignments, rubrics, and student writing to better understand the rationale for why we should (or should not) emphasize grammar and/or language when assessing a writing-based task.
Goals and Target Audience:
During this session, we will:
Discuss assessment practices as they regard language use
Identify and discuss challenges and errors that are common among ELLs
Connect the learning objectives of an assignment with what is being assessed
Analyze a sample assignment, rubric, and graded paper from CO150
We invite those who assess writing, including faculty and teaching assistants.