Some thoughts on English grammar assessment from a non-native speaker

Contributed by Federica Bocchi, PhD Candidate in Philosophy of Science (5-minute read) In her previous blog post, Maya discussed the tension between recognizing the importance of grammatical accuracy in writing assignments and acknowledging the disadvantages this practice could induce, especially in non-native English speakers. As a multilingual learner and instructor, I would like to offer […]

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Putting Grammar Back In: Linguistically-Responsive Writing Instruction

Contributed by Maya Chakravorty, Ph.D Candidate in Classical Studies (3-minute read) As a graduate fellow with BU’s Writing Program, I had the pleasure of attending the workshop “Putting Grammar Back In: Linguistically-Responsive Writing Instruction”, hosted by Master Lecturers Christina Michaud and Marisa Milanese earlier this semester. The aim was to talk about grammar and language […]

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Setting Up Students to Succeed on Final Assessments

Contributed by CTL staff (2 minute read) As we near the end of the term, it’s critical to prepare students to succeed on their final assessments by building in low-stakes opportunities for them to practice and receive feedback on the skills they will be asked to demonstrate. Too often, there is a disconnect between how […]

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Practice, Practice, Practice

Graduate Teaching Blog Post Contributed by Ben Suitt (2 minute read) Q: My students did poorly on the essay questions of the midterm despite acing my multiple choice quizzes. How do I help them do as well on the final essay exam as they did on my quizzes? A: Seeing a disconnect between class performance […]

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Faculty Guide to Assessment Options in Remote & Hybrid Classes Part 1: Overview of Exams & Assignments

(12 minute read) Creating and administering assessment tasks such as assignments, quizzes, and exams during this remote and hybrid teaching period is a challenge, but also an opportunity to evaluate how to meet the learning objectives in your class. The options outlined in this multi-part series guide on assignments and exams will help you think […]