Classroom Assessment of Language Levels: A Quick Formative Assessment Tool

Paul Boyd-Batstone


When a newly arrived English learner (EL) enters the classroom, time is not on the teacher’s side. It is not uncommon for the EL to arrive far ahead of assessment data, such as a standardized measure of language level. Yet, the teacher is obliged to immediately provide instruction. Time is not on the student’s side either. English learners need immediate and appropriate instruction. This calls for a quick, formative assessment tool for identifying language level and appropriate accommodations. The purpose of this article is to present the Classroom Assessment of Language Levels (CALL) a tool for teachers to identify an EL’s language level that suggests appropriate differentiated strategies matched to language level (Boyd-Batstone, 2013).

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