Proficiency-Based Reading Assessment

4-day Proficiency-Based Reading Assessment Workshop

Where: Northern Illinois University AND Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand)

When: March – May 2022

What: This workshop will be offered twice, first at NIU on the tentative dates of March 9-12, 2022 and secondly at Chulalongkorn U. in Bangkok on May 11-14, 2022. The first workshop is aimed to serve the needs of the US-based instructors and the second to attract collaborating instructors in SE Asia to work on the development of standard Reading Assessment tools. SEALC will strive to have representation from all in SE Asian languages.

The trainers for both workshops, Drs. Catherine Baumann and Ahmet Dursun of the U. of Chicago, will present the concepts, terms, and principles of language assessment relevant to the reading levels (basic, practical, and advanced) and discuss the principles of proficiency-based test design while integrating reverse design. The measurable outcomes (target functions) of each level will be discussed in relationship to ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Following this introduction, the participants, working in language-specific groups, will find, evaluate, and select authentic readings for the ‘basic’ level of reading comprehension and then identify demonstrable and measurable target functions at this level. This will be followed by a hands-on session to design test items for the basic level for one text. This same set of activities will be repeated for the practical and advanced reading levels. The final products of this workshop will be standard Reading Assessment tests to measure reading proficiency levels.

There will be a 2-day Follow-up meeting hosted by NIU, in Fall of 2022 at which the deliverables (the reading proficiency tests) of all five language groups will be presented and discussed. The SE Asia-based language instructors will attend the meeting virtually.