Adventures in Language

Teaching Tips & Tricks | Why Formative Assessments Are a Teacher's Biggest Super Power

November 16, 2021 Mango Languages
Adventures in Language
Teaching Tips & Tricks | Why Formative Assessments Are a Teacher's Biggest Super Power
Show Notes

In this podcast, your language guide Emily (teacher, PhD) will talk about the power of formative assessments. You’ll learn what formative assessments are, why they matter, and 3 easy ways you can incorporate more of them into your language class!

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Wondering what languages were used in today’s episode?
Serbian | Zdravo! Kako si? is ‘Hello! How are you?’’ and Važi. Ćao! is ‘Ok. Bye!’
Japanese | 前置きはさておき (maeoki-wa sate oki) means 'without further ado' (literally translates as ‘setting aside introductory remarks’)
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Want to explore more of the research underlying this episode? 
Check out this case study article: Lantolf, J. P., & Poehner, M. E. (2011). Dynamic assessment in the classroom: Vygotskian praxis for second language development. Language Teaching Research, 15(1), 11–33.
Check out this overview article: Carpenter, S. K. (2012). Testing enhances the transfer of learning. Current directions in psychological science, 21(5), 279-283.
Check out this foundational book: Poehner, M. E. (2008). Dynamic assessment: A Vygotskian approach to understanding and promoting L2 development (Vol. 9). Springer Science & Business Media.

Meet your guide Emily! Emily Sabo (PhD, University of Michigan) is a linguist at Mango Languages. A Pittsburgh native, her areas of specialization are the social and cognitive factors that impact bilingual language processing and production. Having studied 7 languages and lived in various countries abroad, she sees multilingualism -- and the cultural diversity that accompanies it -- as the coolest of superpowers. Complementary to her work at Mango, Emily is a Lecturer of Spanish at the University of Tennessee, a Producer of the “We Are What We Speak’ docuseries, and get this...a storytelling standup comedian!

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