slides are difficult to read.
more hands on activities needed
roleplays,case studies would be more interactive and learner engaging
the session with listening was great.. well prepared slides,colorful presentation,interactive and engaging discussion .well done Zeynep hanım….
I consider myself lucky to have attended this event. Sharing experiences with colleagues who work at different institutions around the world has broadened my horizons a lot. The event, though organized for the first time, was flawless and very beneficial. We have got detailed answers for all our questions and share ideas and experiences.
Apart from fruitful sessions, I have learned about numerous new resources such as websites and books. And we also have had the opportunity to have detailed information about the wold- wide used exams and the process of development.
Barry, Sue and Zeynep are always accessible to answer our questions or to give feedback for our work. Thank you very much for doing your best to create an interactive, enjoyable and yet a very informative event. You definitely did a good job! I also want to thank people who are at the backstage doing everything they could for this event to be successful.
The whole seminar overall was a success.. There are many revolutionary ideas to reflect upon and to share with colleagues as we get back to our institution. The training raised awareness on many neglected areas in test preparation and learner assessment. I fully understood that testing and assessment require a lot of effort , patience and expertise.I would like to thank our trainers Sue Hackett, Barry O’Sullivan and Zeynep Urkun for creating this invaluable opportunity for us to start questioning our current systems of testing and assessment. I look forward to having a sequence of this training where we will sit and produce sample tasks that reflect the principles we discussed in TEA in İstanbul.Thank you all on behalf of the IŞIK SCHOOLS Teachers..
Thank you to Barry, Sue, Zeynep, and the two Burcus’ for a wonderful TEA ‘party’ in Istanbul I was anxious at first with all the reading and theory, but once the workshop got started with Barry’s wonderful oratory. It became very interesting and a great experience. Although our group size was large – 45, this proved to be an asset as we got to exchanging ideas with other institutions on testing and assessing from around the world. All I can say is, I got my answers for my questions. I can’t wait to share them with my colleagues:))))) Thank you all again!
EMU, North Cyprus.
The first thing I shared with the other testing unit members when I returned to my school on Monday 22nd, Feb. was the information, data and ideas that I got in the TEASIG event in Istanbul. It was wonderful and very refreshing. I think I, myself, benefited a lot from it.
Thank you for everything Barry, Sue, Zeynep and the participants.
Atilim University, Ankara
Definately thought provoking, good practical tips and lots of useful ideas from both the presenters the other attendees. Again, so much to share now I’m back. Thanks to everyone involved in the organisation for providing us with this great opportunity.
-Overall, it was a very successful seminar.
-The first 2 days, I had difficulty in reading the slides.
-Then, I enjoyed Zeynep Urkun’s colourful presentation.
-I was hoping the case study on the sample exams that we brought would have been projected on a screen and critiqued by the seminar presenters so that we could have more feedback.
-Overall, I learned so many things and I hope we will be able to apply them in our school.
First of all I would like to give my deepest to thanks to everyone who is involved in such a great event. Apart from having some difficulties of reading the slides,( probably as I am not as young as Barry to read clearly:-) ) everything was well thought and well organized. and my personal belief is that, all the participants would benefit more if there were some more interactive workshops that they could attend and participate. thanks a lot for everything.
Thank you – Barry, Sue & Zeynep. Although the program could have become verrrrry boring (well testing isn’t always fun!) you turned it into an exciting, thought-provoking, invaluable experience. There are many things I have already started to share with my colleagues, and I am still full of those that I haven’t even touched upon. You didn’t only share your knowledge-which is vast- but also your experience. This is even more meaningful to me. Thank you for all your efforts.
Dear Barry, Sue and Zeynep – Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and experience with us in such a colorful, exciting and thought-provoking way. That five-day TEA SIG event was the most beneficial program I had ever attended (including my MA ) Now that I’m back, I have sooo many things to share with my colleques at my institution. The only thing that one can complain about this event is that it gave only 50 people this opportunity to take part in this marvellously well-prepared event. If only more people could have this chance. Looking forward to being with you again. Thanks for everything…
THE IATEFL Assessment SIG meeting “Using the CEFR for Classroom Assessment” was by far the most practical, brilliant, enjoyable conference I’ve ever attended (in a long career). Sue, Zeynep, and Barry, all of you gave exactly what the Department of Languages,where I teach university credit writing (and reading) courses, needs, You also taught us methods and materials we can use to augment all the things we’re doing well as we prepare the first generation of Emiratis to acquire tertiary education. Your practical yet theoretically-grounded sessions were also the most fun I’ve ever had at a conference. And our Turkish hosts and Istanbul the city, as we all know, made it a week of one delight after another–social, cultural, culinary, and architectural.
As a teacher of writing based on academic readings, I would like the next such conference to subsitute some actual writing of specification-based classroom assessments or parts of assessments of reading and writing.
I learned a lot from this event. Thanks to Sue, Zeynep and Barry for your great input and to my fellow participants for your ideas. It was great to meet everyone at the event.
It’s great to have been able to start putting some of the ideas into practice now that I am back at work.
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