LINGUIST List 17.3026|
Sun Oct 15 2006
FYI: Seeking Participants for Japanese Assessment Pilot
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Seeking Participants for Japanese Assessment Pilot
Message 1: Seeking Participants for Japanese Assessment Pilot
From: Sarah Burtner <langsubdarkwing.uoregon.edu>
Subject: Seeking Participants for Japanese Assessment Pilot
Dear Japanese language teachers,
My name is Miyoko Nakajima and I work as the pilot coordinator for the
National Online Early Language Learning Assessment (NOELLA) at the Center
for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS). I am happy to announce that
the pilot test for Japanese NOELLA is now online and seeking participant
As the first affordable, universally accessible, and nationally
norm-based assessment of proficiency of early language learning, NOELLA
will provide schools throughout the country with the means to measure the
performance of young students accurately and reliably. Professional
Japanese teachers from different programs and regions gathered in Portland
in late June and created hundreds of NOELLA items, which CASLS developed
for online delivery during the summer. It is now time to pilot those items
with your students, in order to check the items’ reliability and accuracy.
This pilot test will help us select only the best items to include in the
CASLS has started piloting the Japanese NOELLA items and will continue
piloting through the beginning of November. We invite all teachers of
Japanese in Grades 3 through 6 to participate in this exciting project.
There are a few steps to follow before being able to administer the
assessment to your students:
1. Go to the NOELLA website at www.noella.uoregon.edu and read over the FAQ
page. Have your technical support person at the school check the technology
2. Click on “register here” and fill out the online registration form.
3. I will then send you an email to confirm your participation, asking for
a date and time during which you think you will administer the test to your
4. I will send you two consent forms, one of which will be given to the
parents and the other one that will be read to the students before the test
5. Once you have confirmed your test date and time with me, you will be
able to go to the website and log in to take the test!
6. Please note that the writing portion for Japanese NOELLA will not be
available until the next round of pilots in spring 2007.
Please let us know if you need a letter for your school or district
supervisor. We also strongly encourage you to recruit colleagues at your
school and in your area for any of our NOELLA pilots in Japanese, Spanish,
French, and Mandarin Chinese.
Please, feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have.
Japanese NOELLA Pilot Coordinator
Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS)
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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