WORAVUT JAROONGKHONGDACH (KASETSART UNIVERSITY)

2020 TIME TO MOVE AWAY FROM NORM-REFERENCED ASSESSMENT? : LANGUAGE TESTING AND ASSESSMENT

In 2020, most educational institutions in Thailand use Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) as a basis for developing English curriculum goals and as a benchmark for assessing students’ English proficiency. While the adoption of CEFR is widely embraced, its implication related to assessing students’ English proficiency seems to be given little discussion. This presentation will discuss such an issue, and argue that the current method of assessment - norm-referenced assessment - in many schools, colleges, and universities in Thailand is not congruent with the principles of CEFR. A more appropriate choice is criterion-referenced assessment, despite teachers’ concerns of its application regarding reliability, validity, and practicality issues. The participants will be encouraged to reflect on such challenges and issues.

Woravut Jaroongkhongdach has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from King Mongkut‘s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) and a PhD in Linguistics from Macquarie University. He is currently working at Department of Foreign Languages at Kasetsart University. His reserach interests are written discourse, academic writng, critical thinking, and creative thinking.