12th Annual Cambridge English Spring Seminar 2016
2 - 3 April 2016 in Horgen ZH

Learning Oriented Assessment: Bringing Teaching and Testing Together


Passing tests and exams is widely thought of as being the gateway to opportunity.  As a result, the underlying value of assessment can easily be forgotten causing teachers to feel that they are just teaching to the test.  The value of assessment is that it can be used to:



LOA proposes a form of assessment whose primary purpose is to promote learning. LOA brings teaching and testing together and shows how exam preparation can have a positive impact on teaching.


Assessment can promote learning!  We will be looking at both formative (informal) and summative (formal) assessment and how all levels of assessment can and should contribute to both the effectiveness of learning and the reliable evaluation of outcomes.


LOA foresees a central role for teachers in creating an environment productive of learning, wholly complementary to the role of informal and formal assessment.  LOA should serve as a theory of action for introducing assessment into a context of learning. It also aims to give learners more independence in planning their own learning based on reliable evidence and, to set and achieve their own goals.  It helps them to achieve more effective language skills and to approach formal qualifications with greater confidence.


The idea behind LOA is familiar to language teachers – monitoring learner’s performance, testing their progress and adapting courses to match their strengths and weaknesses but what is new is that it integrates formative and summative assessment and provides a structured approach to collecting and using evidence from tests and from the classroom. 


In LOA learning is identified as a partnership between the teacher and the learner.  The learners are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and progression. This means their learning needs to be clearly signposted so that learners can reflect and assess their own performance and assess their partners’ performance.  It also encourages teachers to consider the assessment potential of the tasks they include in their lessons.


A closer look at LOA will benefit both you and your students in a very practical way.  We have engaged experienced presenters, all teachers themselves and several of them authors of exam preparation books, to show you these benefits.  


Two excellent and well-known plenary speakers, Dr Herbert Puchta and Dr Gad S.Lim, will give us insight into how students actually learn, information which will help to understand why LOA is of benefit to the teacher, the candidate and the relationship between them.


New at the 2016 Annual Seminar


The workshop content will be the same for YLE workshops on both days so please only sign up for this workshop for either the Saturday or the Sunday.


We promise you a beneficial and interesting weekend. Get all the information as a PDF.


Have a look at the film of our 11th Annual Spring Seminar 2015:

11th Annual Cambridge English Spring Seminar




11th Annual Cambridge English Spring Seminar 2015 - Interviews




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