Language Assessment Literacy of EFL Teachers in East Asia: From Teachers’ Conceptions of Language Assessment to Their Practices in Classrooms

Lin Fang, Guoxing Yu*

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Abstract

English is taught as one of the most popular foreign languages in East Asia. EFL (English as a foreign language) teachers’ conceptions, knowledge and skills of language assessment can influence their assessment practices and decisions. Teachers’ language assessment literacy (LAL) is not only an integral part of their own professional identity and development, but also a mechanism to ensure fairness and equity in their everyday assessment practices that can have a significant influence on their students’ learning. Set within the specific context of East Asia, this chapter reports our review of studies that aimed to identify different components of LAL, EFL teachers’ conceptions of language assessment, how their conceptions might affect their practices in classroom-based assessment and high-stakes examinations, the training needs of teachers, and the effectiveness of different assessment training programmes. The discussions of the findings are made with reference to the interrelationships between EFL teachers’ LAL, their professional growth and educational development in East Asia more broadly. We conclude the chapter by calling for the inclusion of a range of East-Asia-specific factors (educational, social, cultural) in the current context of globalization and teacher professionalism in a digital age, for the conceptualization of LAL of EFL teachers in East Asia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook on Education Development in Asia-Pacific
EditorsWing On Lee, Phillip Brown, A. Lin Goodwin, Andy Green
PublisherSpringer
Chapter38
Pages733-747
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-19-6887-7
ISBN (Print)978-981-19-6886-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2023

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