Study Title: Portfolio-based Language Assessment in Beginning Adult English Language Literacy Classes
Marilyn Abbott, PhD
Department of Educational Psychology
6-102 Education North
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, T6G 2G5
If you are currently teaching or have recently taught a Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Literacy class, I invite you to participate in a portfolio-based language assessment (PBLA) research project. The purpose of this project is to explore LINC Literacy instructors’ perceptions of the purpose of PBLA, its impact on teaching and learning, and the assessment processes involved in PBLA. This research has been funded by a Support for the Advancement of Scholarship Grant from the University of Alberta, a Pathways to Prosperity Grant from Western University, and an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
You will be asked to complete an online survey. The survey questions will ask about your background education and teaching experience, and your perceptions of PBLA. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
The information from this study will help us better understand LINC Literacy instructors’ perceptions of PBLA. Study results may also lead to recommendations for improving assessment processes and outcomes in LINC Literacy classes. While there are potential long term benefits of this research, there may not be any direct benefits to participants for completing the survey, other than providing them with an opportunity to reflect on PBLA processes and practices.
There are no risks to participating in this study.