Assessment literacy and communities of practice: A professional development plan

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


The teaching and assessment of English in primary education should be age appropriate and congruent with teaching and learning goals, however, research in Portugal has identified a mismatch between recommendations in national guidelines and age-appropriate approaches to assessment and actual primary English classroom practices. Reasons for this include teachers’ limited assessment literacy, together with professional precarity, professional isolation and stakeholder pressure. In my talk I will present a plan to upgrade Portuguese primary English teachers’ assessment literacy through a blended Massive Open Online Course (bMOOC). This hybrid approach aims to nurture communities of practice to combat professional isolation, while teachers participate in the bMOOC and develop their understanding of the connection between the purposes of assessment and the tools and approaches at their disposal to reach curriculum goals.
Period28 May 2022
Event titlePrimary English education in Portugal Semimar 2022
Event typeSeminar
Conference number5
LocationBraga, PortugalShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational