GORDON VANSTONE (PEARSON TEST OF ENGLISH ACADEMIC )

THE TREND TOWARDS COMPUTER-BASED HIGH-STAKES ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTS AND BEST PRACTICES TO PREPARE LEARNERS : LANGUAGE TESTING AND ASSESSMENT

The academic context is changing with computer-based high-stakes tests emerging as a norm. Traditionally, the use of technology was limited to scoring multiple choice questions to assess Listening and Reading skills. However, the technological advances of the last two decades allow even Speaking and Writing skills to be automatically scored with great accuracy, reliability, and objectivity. In an ever interconnected and transcultural global society, institutions, companies and governments seek the fairest and most efficient means of assessing applicants language proficiency. They want to ensure that no matter where in the world learners are sitting the assessment, an equitable and objective standard is being applied. For some learners on a test preparation course, their main goal is to develop their language skills so they can communicate better. For others, passing the test is their main goal. In this workshop, we’ll look at best practices for engaging learners with pedagogy that promotes students' engagement with language learning via e-assessment.

Gordon Vanstone, has a Bachelors of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver Canada. He has taught English as a second language to adults and children of all ages and levels. He worked as an Elementary school teacher in the International Bachelorette program at international schools in Japan and Singapore. He currently works in English Language Assessment with the PTE Academic test for Pearson Education.