ESL Teachers and Diagnostic Assessment: Perceptions and Practices

  • Folasade Esther Jimola Ekiti State University, Nigeria
  • Graceful Onovughe Ofodu Ekiti State University, Nigeria
Keywords: English as a Second Language (ESL), diagnostic assessment, perception, attitude, utilization

Abstract

Diagnostic assessment is an indispensable aspect of pedagogy. Past research has shown that teachers’ perceptions and attitudes to diagnostic assessment could influence their classroom practices. This article discusses teachers’ perceptions of diagnostic assessment, reiterates the essence of diagnostic assessment in English language classrooms, explores teachers’ attitudes and utilization of diagnostic assessment techniques, and also investigates the factors influencing teachers’ knowledge of assessment practices. To achieve these objectives, an empirical study on English language teachers’ perceptions of diagnostic assessment, teachers’ attitudes and utilization of diagnostic assessment techniques and factors influencing teachers’ knowledge of assessment practices was conducted. The results show that the majority of English language teachers in the sample have inaccurate perceptions of the purpose of diagnostic assessment and also have negative attitudes to diagnostic assessment in classrooms. The results of the survey indicate that schooling, professional coursework and context are factors that influence ESL teachers’ classroom assessment practices.

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Published
2019-12-04
How to Cite
Jimola, F. E., & Ofodu, G. O. (2019). ESL Teachers and Diagnostic Assessment: Perceptions and Practices. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 16(2), 33-48. https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.16.2.33-48
Section
English Language and Literature Teaching