Higher Education Commission had organized a ceremony in the honor of the teachers who were given special training. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Executive Director HEC, was the chief guest in the closing ceremony of this training. Dr. Naeem Khalid, Adviser (Academics) HEC, Mr. Fife MacDuff, Regional English Language Officer, US Embassy, and Ms Noor Amna Malik, Director General (Learning Innovation) HEC were also present at the occasion.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC), under its English Language Teaching Reforms Project, and in collaboration with the US Embassy, organized a week-long International Resource Person training on “Testing and Assessment on ELT” at Learning Innovation Division, HEC Islamabad.
Twenty-four English teachers of public sector colleges from across the Pakistan attended the training. ELTR Project has so far been trained 160 English teachers from across the country in training courses organized in collaboration with the US Embassy.
The main objectives of the training are to delineate the aspects of assessment/testing, discuss trends in ELT assessment, testing and alternative assessment and evaluate ways to assess a variety of language activities and skills..
James Stabler, who has extensive experience in conducting trainings on this particular theme explained in detail basic concepts and theories underlying testing, alternative assessment and rubrics. He introduced to the participants unique and striking ideas to construct tests for assessment of linguistic competence (grammar and vocabulary) and language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), and to use alternative forms of assessment in their classroom, in addition to traditional achievement tests. Participants worked in groups to develop different sample tests.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad reiterated HEC plans to widen scope of such trainings to facilitate more teachers and address the need of language reforms at a larger scale. He thanked the US Embassy for extending support to train indigenous English faculty. “It is extremely important for teachers to effectively communicate to students. They are supposed to create a friendly environment for their students and involve them while employing different teaching methodologies.”
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