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Personalized English Language Education

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

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.


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May 2019
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About the innovation

Revolutionizing English Language Teaching

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 theTOEFL PrimaryTests created byETSpaved the way for a 180-degree change in the English language for starters at obs Stedekeand 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 Lexilescore 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 Testsbelong 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.

Implementation steps

Learn more about the TOEFL Primary Tests

1: TOEFL Primary Tests are curriculum independent.

They do not follow a specific course or curriculum.

- This means that you can use the tests regardless of your school program, course books or curriculum.

2: TOEFL Primary measures on a range of CEFR levels.

In primary school, children can either take the step 1 or step 2 assessment. Both measure a different range of CEFR levels.

- This makes it possible to give each child an assessment that fits his level

- This makes it possible to measure multiple CEFR levels with one assessment

3: TOEFL Primary provides a precise score for each skill within each CEFR level.

- This makes it possible to set short and long term goals for each skill for each child

- This gives the child a faster insight that he has progressed, for example by reading from 107 to 109. When you only measure on CEFR levels you don't always see the progress, because they have (too) wide a bandwidth

4: TOEFL Primary provides detailed information on the scoring reports.

- This makes it possible to set both normative and formative goals

- This helps the teacher to prepare or prepare suitable exercise material. This can be done by using an online learning environment or software

5: TOEFL Primary enables a high level of differentiation within the classroom.

- Each child learns at his or her own level

- This makes it possible to form level classes for English

6: TOEFL Primary connects to various digital learning environments, software packages and physical learning materials.

- The role of the teacher changes from knowledge transfer to coach or supervisor of the child's learning process.

- A lot of autonomy is possible with regard to learning English, by using these sources.

Added bonus: TOEFL Primary provides a Lexile score for each child!

- This makes it possible to set up the school library based on the Lexile system. A child always chooses a book that matches his reading level. This keeps the pleasure in reading high.

- Many reading texts can be found online. Using the Lexile system, it is possible to determine the level of these texts.

- There are also programs that offer texts on the same subject at different Lexile levels. Ideal for the integration of subjects.

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Start using the Lexile system

Lexile measures provide a scientific approach for matching students with ability-appropriate texts. Lexile measures help differentiate instruction and monitor growth in reading, putting students on the path to success in school.

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