Creating an online diagnostic test for year 1 students

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Year 1 students have different levels and backgrounds in foreign languages and cultures when they arrive at the university. This influences their performance, mainly in year 1, but it could also affect their performance throughout the whole curriculum. An online diagnostic test could allow adjustments to be made in order to harmonise students’ knowledge and competences in foreign language in year 1 and to prepare them more adequately for a more demanding year 2.
This project allows the development of an online tool for aiding teachers to adjust language classes to the needs of the group and to familiarise year 1 students with an innovative testing tool and autonomous activities. The diagnostic test is an assessment for learning purposes.
The online diagnostic test was created in 2013/2014 and the trial took place with year 1 students in semester 1 of the academic year 2014/5. After a trial for students of French, the test will be adapted for students of German and Spanish this year. The project is funded by a Faculty Teaching Development Fund from the University of Bath.
The aim of this presentation is to share our experience and to reflect on the use of technologies for learning purposes. After presenting the outlines of the project and the steps leading to the creation of the test, I will reflect on the first initial findings of the trial and conclude by considering the difficulties and the benefits of this experience.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 19 Jun 2015
EventInnovative Language Teaching and Learning at University: Enhancing Participation and Collaboration - University of Nottingham - School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, Nottingham, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Jun 2015 → …


ConferenceInnovative Language Teaching and Learning at University: Enhancing Participation and Collaboration
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom
Period19/06/15 → …


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