Student Assessment and Multilingual Education: Designing Instruments, Gathering Data

Student Assessment and Multilingual Education: Designing Instruments, Gathering Data

As part of the Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group (MLE WG), the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) is hosting the fourth session of its regional webinar series. This webinar will focus on designing instruments and gathering data for student assessment and multilingual education. Focusing on the initiative's impact on the education of ethnolinguistic minority children, panel speakers will discuss their various areas of expertise in designing and implementing language-inclusive assessment tools, and mother-tongue-based multilingual education (MTB MLE) assessments, as well as how to make the best use of assessment findings for MTB MLE advocacy.

 

Objectives

  • To raise awareness of how linguistic and cultural issues should be reflected in assessment frameworks;
  • To highlight assessment tools and practices that may be helpful to MLE implementers and advocates; and
  • To catalyse multilateral engagement, understanding and cooperation in approaching assessment issues in linguistically diverse settings.

 

Target Audience

The target audience for the webinar includes regional, national and international level education stakeholders (including both policymakers and implementers).

 

Working Language

English will be the working language of the webinar.

 

Dates and Format

Date: Friday, 3 December 2021

Time: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. (Bangkok time; GMT+7)

Format: Zoom Conferencing

 

Registration

Registration is free and required in advance. Once you register, a unique join URL will be sent to your email. Registration link: https://unesco-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xwHKKS4GQ8mxLoOD-IPSVw

 

Agenda

Friday 3 December 2021, 8:30-10:00 AM

Moderators:

  • Ethel Agnes P Valenzuela, Director, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat
  • Erin Tanner, Education Specialist, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO)

8:30 – 8:38

 

Welcome and Introduction from the Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group

  • Margarete Sachs-Israel, Chief of Section for Inclusive Quality Education, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok)
  • Francisco Benavides, Regional Education Advisor, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO)
8:38 – 9:38

Panel Speakers (20 min each)

  • Stephen Walter, Associate Professor, Dallas International University and SIL International, Assessing Learning Outcomes in MLE Projects
  • Manuel Cardoso, Learning Specialist, UNICEF, Utilizing MICS Foundational Literacy Data
  • Carol Benson, Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University, A New Approach to Linguistic Minority Student Assessment in Cambodia
9:38 – 9:58

Q&A and Discussion

  • Discussant: Dr Maria 'Ched' Mercedes E. Arzadon, Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of the Philippines-Diliman
9:58 – 10:00

Wrap Up

  • Erin Tanner, Education Specialist, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO)

 

Webinar Resources

Webinar recording

Presentation slides

Concept note and agenda

Speakers' biographies

Webinar Q&A

Steve Walter and Mirinda Burarungrot's chapter on "Assessment of Multilingual Education Programs" - This is a pre-publication draft provided for input from MLE practitioners. The final version will be published in Multilingual Education in Asia-Pacific (David Hirsh and Suwilai Premsrirat, eds.).

See the Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group (MLE WG) webpage for more information on the MLE WG and the previous sessions of the regional webinar series.

 

For more Information

Asia Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group Secretariat

E-mail: ap.mlewg@gmail.com

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