JOANNA RASKIN & UYEN PHAM

BIO

Joanna Raskin is the Regional Commercial Head for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. In this role she works with institutions to help them find the best solutions for their English assessment needs. She has over 25 years’ experience in the sector and has worked as a Business Development manager for Cambridge English Language Assessment for over 6 years. She has also worked as the partnerships manager for Bell International as well as having extensive experience teaching in and managing language schools in Greece and Poland. Joanna has a BA in Economics and Geography, a MBA and a Cambridge English Diploma in Teaching English.

BIO

Uyen Pham is from Cambridge Assessment English. For the past 12 years, Uyen has worked very closely with Ministries of Education, schools and universities in Southeast Asia on curriculum reform projects, ELT innovation and language benchmarking for teachers and students. Before joining Cambridge English, Uyen worked in Sales and Marketing, and English language training for a number of educational organisations in Vietnam. Uyen holds a BA in English Linguistics and Literature, a Post-Graduate Diploma in TESOL (Valedictorian) from SEAMEO RELC Singapore and an MA in TESOL (Distinction) from Victoria University, Australia.

ABSTRACT

What Makes a Good Test?
Assessment is important to language learning. However, many language teachers find testing forbidding and are not comfortable engaging with it. In this presentation, I use everyday language to discuss the qualities of a good test. Looking at examples from across the range of Cambridge English exams, I will explain how tests are put together, why the question papers look as they do, and what we do to produce results that are meaningful and useful for language learners. Teachers will hopefully learn how to evaluate tests and to design and use them in their own teaching with confidence.