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Put your students on the right path, right from the start with a large-scale assessment as a base

Personalized English Language Education

Goor, Netherlands
Two primary schools of OPO Hof van Twente are leading the way to revolutionize English language teaching in the Netherlands. With the help of a large scale assessment as a base, they managed to create a personalized learning environment where teachers have become guides and coaches of the learning process. The start of a true groundbreaking innovation with massive potential.
Introduction

Revolutionizing English Language Teaching

Özgen Bagci, Educational Advisor and ETS Teacher Trainer
“Behind every great student is a great teacher to open up the world! ”

Özgen Bagci, Educational Advisor and ETS Teacher Trainer

How to turn an inspirational dream into reality? 

In language classrooms, when the gaps in students' proficiency levels are too wide, it is a challenge for teachers to create unique learning opportunities for the students. Students start feeling lost and disengaged. There are many simple ways to build a personalized approach to language teaching. However, the most important step is to build a strong foundation.

First of all, we should keep in mind that assessment is a part of good pedagogy, not just something that happens at the end of a course or school year. It should be seen as an opportunity to gather information in order to make judgments which provide the basis for further action. 

And actually, it is quite easy to realize! Two schools of OPO Hof van Twente started by letting their classes take the TOEFL Primary Test. The wide range of level differences within an age group demonstrated by the TOEFL Primary Tests created by ETS paved the way for a 180-degree change in the English language for starters at obs Stedeke and obs Brookschole. monitoring progress over time in order to help learners understand where they have been successful in their learning and what they need to work towards achieving their goals. 

In the near future, more schools from the Twente region will join them and hopefully, many more will follow from all over the world.  

What did we do? 

All children of the 4th, 5th and 6th grade took the TOEFL Primary Test. This large scale assessment placed all children on the CEFR grid. And the level differences among the children turned out to be huge. 

The best thing about these assessments is that those wide CEFR levels are divided into detailed scale scores. To these scale scores, concrete learning objectives are connected. This way, all children know exactly where they are for each English skill and what they need to learn in order to take the next step. 

This detailed and practical information enabled the teachers of the schools to place the children in level groups. Realizing this was easy! Simply plan the English hour at the same time. 

The board (OPO Hof van Twente) invested in expanding the libraries, new learning books and in challenging online learning environments, linked to the outcome of the assessments. Now, children learn autonomously, exactly on the right level, and as an extra on a subject of their liking! 

Additionally, the TOEFL test provides each child with a Lexile score for reading. The schools organized their English libraries according to the Lexile system. Now children can pick a book that matches their reading level and is challenging enough to expand their vocabulary. 

What should you know more?

TOEFL Primary Tests belong to a family of assessments, provided by ETS (Princeton, USA). TOEFL Junior is available for secondary education and TOEFL ITP can serve as an assessment for late secondary or higher education. 

As a primary school board, we are now seeking close cooperation with secondary and higher education institutes, to develop a continuous learning path for the children for personalized English language learning.


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Innovation Overview
8 - 18
Age Group
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Children/Users
3
Countries
2012
Established
Not-for-profit
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1. Learn more about the TOEFL Primary Tests 2. Administer the tests at your school 3. Create a rich learning environment 4. Start using the Lexile system 5. From transferring knowledge to coaching
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01
Learn more about the TOEFL Primary Tests
This step briefly highlights the strengths of the TOEFL Primary tests, followed by practical suggestions to start optimizing English language teaching at school.
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Administer the tests at your school
Administer the tests at your school. The results and the detailed score reports will enable a high level of differentiation in your classrooms.
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Create a rich learning environment
Organize your teaching with new, challenging learning environments. Technology is a great asset. Get help from the ETS-trained educational advisors on how to find the right tools and materials.
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Start using the Lexile system
Use the Lexile scores to enhance reading skills and to structure the English library at your school.
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From transferring knowledge to coaching
Become a guide of the learning process
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