Creativity, Dynamics, Best Practice
Edited By Carmen Argondizzo
Test Writing: creative thinking in action
Abstract: An important aspect of many language courses is the form of final evaluation that is set. This chapter proposes to investigate the tasks carried out by a specific Test Development Team (TDT). It involves an analysis of the thinking and working behind the final evaluations used in a series of courses organised jointly by the Region of Calabria and the Language Centre at University of Calabria. The evaluations were aimed at learners of various backgrounds and levels. Each final assessment was designed to assign the appropriate CEFR level to the learners.
We intend to investigate the working and creative process in the Test Development Team working to provide final assessment tools for these courses. The chapter will use data coming from questionnaires (used to survey the working of this particular group), which included questions concerning the creative thinking and reasoning behind the development of a test, the various problematics which arose during the process, and the solutions the group suggested in order to overcome the problems.
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