When much of the world went into lockdown because of COVID-19, the immediate shift to online learning came as a shock to many teachers. One of the key areas of concern that emerged in teaching under pandemic conditions has been assessment. Not being able to monitor student work in the classroom has exposed some of the weaknesses of traditional assessment practices. For second language teachers specifically, the challenge of assessing speaking, reading, listening, and writing online has necessitated a shift in assessment approaches. In this session, we will discuss how teaching practices have had to change, explore new ways of assessing online, and highlight different tools that may help to ensure academic integrity.
Ron Sperling holds a B.Ed. in German and French and a B.A. in Political Science (Globalization and Governance) from the University of Alberta. With Edmonton Public Schools since 1996, he has taught German Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, and French as a Second Language at the high school level. As well, Ron has worked with the Alberta provincial curricula, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Placement. Ron now works with the Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education at Edmonton Public Schools (IISLE). As a teacher-consultant, his current responsibility is to support schools and teachers with their Language & Culture programs; he has also served as the French Program Coordinator. On the international front, he is the chief examiner for the DELE exam and has assisted with the DELF exam.