Action Research: Alternative Assessments in Chinese Classes


Lilia Cai-Hurteau, Chair of the Chinese Department

This project seeks to take a data-driven, evidence-based approach to redesigning assessments with the goal of advancing student learning in the Chinese classroom. The work will experiment with ways to incorporate technology and design self-paced, engaging assessment practices that promote long-term mastery of characters, vocabulary and grammatical structures unique to the Chinese language. Ultimately, this project aims to replace traditional assessments, such as daily quizzes and unit tests, with alternative assessments characterized by authentic, interactive, integrative and open-ended tasks, to guide instruction that enables all students to achieve language proficiency and to improve self-efficacy.