Leonor Corradi is a teacher of English, and a Master of Science graduate in Education and Teacher Training (Surrey University, UK); a former member of the Foreign Languages Committee, National Ministry of Education, a specialist in Didactics, an evaluator of research projects in Argentina, and an academic consultant and materials designer and coursebook writer. Leanor presents extensively at national and international conferences and congresses. She is also author of the Curriculum for Foreign Languages for the City of BA (2001, English); she has also worked in the creation and reforms of curriculum designs and has been an ELTon Judge since 2014.
In this blog post, Leonor shares her thoughts on lost learning, how it’s defined and what we can do to move forward as classrooms become face-to-face again.
What is lost learning?
Lost learning happens as the result of an extended gap in a student’s education – learners may find they have forgotten what they’ve studied, or their academic progress has stalled. Since the pandemic and widespread lockdowns, it has become a noticeable problem for students and teachers worldwide.
However, while students have missed a lot of time in the physical classroom, it is important that we focus on the positive side of things once they are back in the classroom. Of course, we can estimate how far behind expectations our students are through testing, but it’s more positive to focus on what they can do.
As such, it’s important to harness our students’ desire to keep learning. Avoiding words like “gap”, “learning loss”, and “deficit” when speaking to them is better for motivation. We can move forward with all of the tools we have at our disposal and help our students enjoy the learning experience again.
Spring Days lost learning events
We have two webinars that will focus on the theme of lost learning and these will pose a number of questions and offer solutions:
- How do you assess your students and establish whether they have lost learning?
- What is the best way to help them to continue learning despite the challenges they are facing?
- What support tools are available to help improve our students’ learning experience?
The challenges of teaching in pandemic times – a webinar with Leonor Corradi
Since the pandemic, teachers have had to change the way they deliver lessons – with little if any help from institutions. Terms such as lost learning, catch-up, back to ‘normal’ are pervasive so let’s get back to the positive. In this webinar, I’ll be focusing on how teachers can cope with the situation and help students learn.
|| Lost learning
||The Challenges of teaching in pandemic times
|| 5th May
Online Assessment: Where Are We Now? – A webinar with Andrew Khan
Our second speaker on the topic of lost learning is Andrew Khan. Andrew is Senior Market Development Manager for English Assessment and has been with Pearson since 2006. He travels the world, meeting with schools, universities and national governments, to help ensure that Pearson’s assessment solutions best meet the needs of learners and teachers.
In this session, Andrew explores remote assessment a year on from the start of the pandemic. He’ll also be revisiting the hot topics of privacy and security. We’ll focus particularly on the idea of supplementing end-of-year assessment with benchmarking tests that offer a way to understand and address learning gaps, through the example of the new Versant Professional English Test.
||Online Assessment: Where Are We Now?
|| 5th May
Join us for these webinars and many more at our Spring Days 2021 event!
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