Hornby Regional Training Programme, Dubai & Dhaka, January 2017
The main objective of each 5-day workshop was to provide support to the Ministries of Education (MoE) in Iran and Bangladesh in implementing strategies and programmes on assessment. The workshops focused on:
§ The principles of language testing and the role of test specifications
§ Familiarisation with the CEFR
§ Hands-on practice in developing reading, listening, writing and speaking tasks
§ Opportunities to present and discuss newly developed tasks
The workshops were attended by 33-35 participants in each country. The target audience from Bangladesh included technical experts from the Education Ministry including test developers and test administrators, teacher educators from teacher training colleges, and master trainers. From Iran, the participants included teachers, teacher trainers and educators, curriculum developers and test writers from the state sector. In addition, there were 2-3 representatives from Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. Post-workshop activities will involve participants sharing their experiences with their respective MoEs and cascading the training to peers and teachers in their own countries.