Language awareness in assessment and teaching: Cambridge bilingual research and support

Language awareness in assessment and teaching: Cambridge bilingual research and support

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Language awareness in assessment and teaching: Cambridge bilingual research and support

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is attempting to build an understanding of best practice in the area of bilingual education to guide future developments in language awareness and bilingual assessment which can be shared more widely across the assessment community. International schools prepare students for CIE assessments in a range of subjects through the medium of English, some as part of a bilingual programme where certain subjects are taught through the first language. These schools represent diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This places an additional responsibility on examiners and on subject teachers to be ‘,language aware’,. CIE has conducted a number of reviews of the bilingual education literature. The key messages emerging from the reviews are that bilingual education is challenging, complex and changing. CIE is therefore conducting a number of studies designed to address these three issues: 1) research into language awareness, leading to the provision of language guidance for CIE question writers, as well as language guidance to support teachers and learners in the classroom,  ,2) research into bilingual education, leading to a publication for schools focusing on effective school management and classroom practice,  ,3) Research into developing bilingual assessments, exploring current thinking in order to consider future challenges and opportunities.Key words: Bilingual Education, Cambridge, Bilingual Assessment, Language Awareness ,

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