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HEC Holds Week Long International Resource Person Training


Islamabad:The Higher Education Commission (HEC), under its English Language Teaching Reforms Project, and in collaboration with the US Embassy, organised a week-long International Resource Person training on ‘Testing and Assessment on ELT’ at here Learning Innovation Division, HEC.
Twenty-four English teachers of public sector colleges from across Pakistan attended the training. ELTR Project has so far trained 160 English teachers from across the country in training courses organised in collaboration with the US Embassy.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Executive Director HEC, was the chief guest in the closing ceremony of this training held here on Friday. Dr. Naeem Khalid, Adviser (Academics) HEC, Fife MacDuff, Regional English Language Officer, US Embassy, and Noor Amna Malik, Director General (Learning Innovation) HEC, were also present at the occasion.
The main objectives of the training are to delineate the aspects of assessment/testing, discuss trends in ELT assessment, testing and alternative assessment and evaluate ways to assess a variety of language activities and skills. The training was a fusion of innovative activities and theory to provide an all-out exposure of testing and assessment techniques to the English fraternity. It aimed at creating awareness of the concepts, trends, principles and concerns of language assessment English community of colleges.
James Stabler, who has extensive experience in conducting trainings on this particular theme, explained in detail basic concepts and theories underlying testing, alternative assessment and rubrics. He introduced to the participants unique and striking ideas to construct tests for assessment of linguistic competence (grammar and vocabulary) and language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), and to use alternative forms of assessment in their classroom, in addition to traditional achievement tests. Participants worked in groups to develop different sample tests.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad reiterated HEC plans to widen scope of such trainings to facilitate more teachers and address the need of language reforms at a larger scale. He thanked the US Embassy for extending support to train indigenous English faculty. “It is extremely important for teachers to effectively communicate to students. They are supposed to create a friendly environment for their students and involve them while employing different teaching methodologies.”

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