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Basic Knowledge about the Assessment Systems in Japan

Many educators, including myself, have pointed out that Japanese English education’s ineffectiveness is largely due to the existing assessment systems. While the world looks to four-skills assessment or even four-skills-integrated assessment, Japan is still struggling to introduce the modern-day speaking assessment…

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Every Word Must Tell

As a non-native English teacher, I have always carried magnifying glasses so as to spot general errors, subject-verb agreement, misplaced commas and/or slips of the like. Not much long ago, I realized that marking a piece of writing that is “unclear” to me involves more than just narrowing my feedback down to linguistic non-conformity.

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The Aftermath of the Pandemic and (Language) Assessment: Are We There Yet?

Earlier this year, as schools around the world (of course, mine included) prepared to shift their activities and classes from face-to-face to (some 100%, others partially) virtual mode, I wrote a text1 using the GPS metaphor, which should, then, guide the way through the not-much-traveled roads and lead us “home”. The overarching argument of this essay is that the driving forces that should calibrate/orient the GPS to take us up and down these roads are the much-known principles of assessment.

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The Myth Surrounding the Nonnative-English-Speaker Teacher

When I moved to the United States with an assistantship that paid for my tuition in my
master’s degree in TESOL and also gave me a monthly salary to cover my living expenses while in school, it did not cross my mind that my “nonnativeness” could be/would be a subject of concern.

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Testing by any other name…

Testing By Any Other Name … Retired Academic Director of the ELS Language CenterNew York City Nuance In Language           When I started teaching ESL,

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