Assessement, as we all know, is an essential part of any learning process. In the case of TC is sometimes difficult to measure results, especially regarding intercultural communicative competence. It is therefore very important to design and implement special tools to assess these aspects.
Assessment can be carried out throughout the whole telecollaborative process. Feedback is essential for teachers, but for pupils, too.
The assessment tools we have produced in the project are designed to guide teachers and to measure results. There are six (in English and Spanish):
- Assessment interview
- Assessment portfolio
- Assessment questionnaire
- Assessment rubric
- Assessment teacher report (2x)
What follows is a brief description of each one of them:
- Assessment interview:
It allows teachers to gain insight into both the knowledge and attitudes of an individual pupil. The questions included in our interview are related to intercultural communicative competence as well as with telecollaboration. The interview can be conducted before the actual TC activities start, after they have finished, or both.
- Assessment portfolio:
This document includes evidence of the skills that pupils have been assessed on and can take the form of: a journal in which pupils write down instances of their progress, a collection of texts, of all sorts, that show the pupil’s communication skills in the foreign language, a series of personal comments on the telecollaboration activities.
- Assessment questionnaire:
This questionnaire is designed to find out how participants deal with intercultural communication. In it we highlight the fact that there are no wrong answers and advise participants to provide the answers that suit them best.
- Assessment rubric:
This tool allows teachers to indicate where in the Intercultural Communicative Competence spectrum the performance of a specific language learner is to be situated.
- Assessment teacher report:
This allows teachers to measure an individual pupil’s skills in the field of Intercultural Communicative Competence. In the document, the following crucial aspects of intercultural communication are focused on: tolerance of ambiguity, behavioural flexibility, communicative awareness, knowledge discovery, respect for otherness and empathy.
- Assessment teacher report (telecollaboration):
This report allows the teacher to keep track of the progress, of both the entire class and each individual pupil, in the field of intercultural communicative competence (ICC) during online telecollaboration activities.
Teachers are welcome to modify any of these tools to suit their needs or purposes.