THE NEEDS OF LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT TO FOSTER STUDENT LEARNING OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
The assessment of students’ skills of ESL has become a fundamental aspect of teaching and learning language at schools level. It can be seen as the process of collecting the information about students to help language teachers in decision making about students’ progress and language development. In ESL instructional context, assessment practice essentially focuses on the process of making efforts and contributions for students to improve language learning outcomes. To achieve this goal, it is expected that language teachers should have literacy in assessment concepts, knowledge or skills and strategies to assist students to achieve the higher level of language learning performance and achievement. This is also an essential aspect of developing students’ language competences in relation to acquire and learn English as a second language that involves the way language teachers evaluate students’ performance in learning ESL and language aspects that needed to be assessed. Hence, ESL assessment practice should be implemented as a continous evaluation in assisting language teacher to provide students with a better understanding on language learning.
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