Assessing Productive Skills – Writing – from B1 to C1 of the CEFR in an Academic Context

Key information

This two-day workshop is designed to familiarize tutors of EAP and ESP with a number of key issues in the assessment of productive language skills and provide them with an opportunity to develop communicative assessment tasks for speaking and reading in university teaching contexts, as well as suitable criteria for scoring these. We will be looking at assessment tasks which reflect what students will have to do in academic and professional contexts.

In order to participate in this workshop, participants will be asked to complete a pre-workshop questionnaire.  In addition to this, participants are urged to bring classroom activities that have been successful in developing their students’ speaking and writing skills.


Workshop summary
Upon completion of the workshop, participants will:

  1. understand the interface between teaching and testing EAP and ESP and the similarities and differences between these two aspects of their work
  2. be able to develop assessment activities for speaking and writing which relate closely to the (future) real-life contexts of the students
  3. be in a position to develop marking criteria which reflect the communicative performance of the students without neglecting accuracy of language
  4. be able to deal with the administration of communicative and group oral assessment


The workshop will cover the following areas:

  • Language specific features and the implications of these for the design of tasks and criteria
  • The importance of differences in levels for the choice of topics and design of tasks
  • Specific features of construct and context in EAP and ESP
  • Constraints of assessment as opposed to classroom tasks
  • Number and type of tasks necessary for reliable assessment
  • Presentation and design of different task types
  • Administration of group oral assessment using communicative tasks


Lektorka: Judith Mader


Judith Mader has many years of experience in teaching, teacher-training, test development and language administration. She is Head of Languages at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and Senior Consultant for elc- European Language Competence Frankfurt. Her main professional interests are testing and intercultural competence particularly the interface between the two and the maintenance of standards in test-setting and marking of high-stakes assessment. She is the author of several course books and also of Testing and Assessment in Business English, (Cornelsen, 2011) and (with Rudi Camerer) Intercultural Competence in Business English (Cornelsen 2013).






Míso konání: Hotel Continental Brno, kongresový sál č. 4
Čas konání:  9:00 – 16:00 hod