Assessment for Learning (AfL) is any assessment
activity which informs the next steps to learning. Teachers can
only plan effective future lessons if they are fully aware of what
stage children have reached in previous lessons. There needs to be
a clear link between the children’s learning and lesson
planning. Equally, children need to be given a clear idea of
how well they are progressing in different areas of language and
how they might improve.
Since AfL is now strongly embedded in the
primary school, it should provide a framework on which primary
languages, too, is based.
- How is assessment for learning used in
- How do you use assessment for learning
to inform short-term planning in your language sessions?
Playing a game can give teachers the opportunity to recognise
the progress of individual children in the class. Group activities
provide a non-threatening environment.
Try combining new vocabulary with classroom
commands to identify those children who show understanding. Give
each table group a name from a vocabulary topic (for example
animals) that they have been learning. Combine this with a
classroom command, for example Levez-vous les
Children have to listen first for the command
and then for the animal. Who is able to watch you and respond
correctly without hesitation? Who is relying on the support of
other children by watching what they do? Who is performing some of
the actions correctly but not responding to the nouns?