Diagnostic Assessment as the Essential Tool to Identify Students’ Early Pitfalls and Unravel their Potentials


Diagnostic assessment is an essential tool for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of individuals, groups, or organizations. Diagnostic assessment helps identify areas where improvement is necessary and develop targeted interventions to improve learners’ performance. As experienced educators and assessment specialists, we aim to share best practices and strategies for conducting effective diagnostic assessments and to explore the challenges and limitations of this type of evaluation. The presentation will include the following:
1. An overview of diagnostic assessment, including its definition and importance in foreign language learning.
2. Reliable, valid, and meaningful strategies for efficient diagnostic assessment and methods for its implementation.
3. The challenges and limitations of diagnostic assessment explore the ethical considerations and the potential for bias in capturing the full range of learners’ knowledge, skills, and abilities.
4. Case Studies of successful diagnostic assessment, highlighting the strategies and methods used to achieve effective outcomes.
The attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the principles and practices of diagnostic assessment and learn strategies to design and implement effective diagnostic assessment in their institutional contexts.

Author Information
Svetlana Davidek, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, United States
Sumbal Ayaz, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, United States

Paper Information
Conference: ECE2023
Stream: Assessment Theories & Methodologies

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