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The Department of Portuguese of FAH is pleased to invite all those interested to attend the “DPORT Lecture Series – FALL 2021” to be held from December 01 to 03, 2021, at 4:00pm, via Zoom.

Please find below the details for the December 02, 2021 session:

Dr. Nick Saville

Director of Thought Leadership at University of Cambridge Press and Assessment

Secretary-General of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE)

Systemic Learning Oriented Assessment (LOA)

The twin goals of promoting and measuring learning have been characterised as formative and summative respectively, but this familiar distinction is one which Learning Oriented Assessment challenges, because it represents these two purposes as fundamentally at odds with each other. A systemic and ecological approach seeks complementarity: informal classroom assessment and formal large-scale assessment should both contribute to the two key purposes of assessment: to provide evidence of learning and evidence for learning.

In this talk I will explain these points with reference to several publications, including Jones and Saville, 2016 and Saville, 2021.

Jones and Saville is free to download from this URL: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/Images/639876-silt-volume-45.pdf


Dr Nick Saville is the Director of Thought Leadership at University of Cambridge Press and Assessment, and is the elected Secretary-General of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE). His current research interests include assessment and learning in the digital age; the use of ethical AI; language policy and multilingualism; the CEFR; and Learning Oriented Assessment (LOA).

Nick is a consultant for European institutions including the Council of Europe, the European Parliament & the EU Commission. In this capacity he has been involved in the development of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) since its inception, and more recently was an invited Expert for the development and validation of the Companion Volume. He has worked on educational reforms which use the CEFR as a basis in developing curricula and setting objectives for learning and objectives. He has also worked as an advisor to many ministries around the world, including in Italy, Mexico, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan and China. He is currently an Expert for the National Educational Examination Authority, China and Visiting Professor at Xiamen University, China.

More widely at Cambridge, Nick has collaborated with Cambridge University Press as co-founder of the Cambridge Learner Corpus (1993) and co-founder/coordinator of the English Profile Programme (2006). He lectures and supervises PhDs in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Linguistics), and is Joint-Director of the MSt in English Language Assessment. He sits on several University Boards, including: MEITS, an interdisciplinary research programme in Multilingualism; the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Language Sciences; the Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment; and English Language iTutoring, providing AI-informed automated systems.

Nick holds a PhD from the University of Bedfordshire in language test impact, as well as a BA in Linguistics and an MA in TEFL from the University of Reading. Before moving to Cambridge in 1989, he worked at the University of Cagliari (Facolta’ di Magistero) in Italy from 1980 to 1986 teaching English. He has specialised in language testing and assessment since 1987, initially managing a test development project for Cambridge in Japan based at the British Council, Tokyo (1987-1989).


ZOOM LINK: https://umac.zoom.us/j/96575800447