Kevin Browne: Concepts and Considerations of Speaking Tests
Date: December 19, 2020 Time: 6:00-7:00 pm Place: Click on this Zoom meeting link Meeting ID: 916 8948 9340 Passcode: 8yknrb Abstract: Key challenges of teaching speaking in English classes is considering how to administer effective tests and effectively assessing abilities and progress.This has become all the more challenging due to the coronavirus outbreak as colleges, universities and many other educational institutions throughout Japan have gone online. Just in time for the final speaking tests of the year, Dr. Kevin Browne will share ideas on how to create and administer excellent speaking tests. There will be time provided for questions at the end. Presenter's Bio: Kevin C. Browne is an associate professor of English in the Department of Policy Management at Yamanashi Prefectural University in Japan. He completed his PhD in Language Testing at the University of Leicester in the UK, an MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne in Australia and a BA in English at Loyola University of New Orleans in the United States. Kevin’s research interests are primarily concerned with pronunciation scoring and high stakes assessments like TOEFL, IELTS and TOEIC, as well as the challenges of defining English intelligibility in the context of World Englishes. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, he has been teaching EFL/ESL in Japan for more than 20 years.