International assessment and local contexts: a case study of an English language initiative in higher education institutes in Egypt

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622343
Title:
International assessment and local contexts: a case study of an English language initiative in higher education institutes in Egypt
Authors:
Khalifa, Hanan; Khabbazbashi, Nahal; Abdelsalam, Samar; Said, Mohsen Elmahdy
Abstract:
Within the long-term objectives of English language reform in higher education (HE) institutes across Egypt and increasing employability in the global job market, the Center for Advancement of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Cairo University (CAPSCU), Cambridge English Language Assessment and the British Council (Egypt) have implemented a multi-phase upskilling program aimed at enhancing the workplace language skills of socially disadvantaged undergraduates, developing teachers’ pedagogical knowledge and application, providing both students and teachers with a competitive edge in the job markets through internationally recognised certification and the introduction of 21st century skills such as digital-age literacy and effective communication in HE, and, lastly, integrating international standards for teaching, learning and assessment within the local context. This paper reports on a mixed methods research study aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of this initiative and its impact at the micro and macro levels. The research focused on language progression, learner autonomy, motivation towards digital learning and assessment, improvements in pedagogical knowledge and teaching practices. Standardised assessment, attitudinal and perceptions surveys, and observational data were used. Findings suggested a positive impact of the upskilling program, illustrated how international collaborations can provide the necessary skills for today’s global job market, and highlighted areas for consideration for upscaling the initiative.
Affiliation:
Cambridge English Language Assessment; Cairo University
Citation:
Khalifa H, Khabbazbashi N, Abdelsalam S, Said M.E (2015) 'International assessment and local contexts: a case study of an English language initiative in higher education institutes in Egypt', Papers in Language Testing and Assessment, 4 (1), pp.1-30.
Publisher:
Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand
Journal:
Papers in Language Testing and Assessment
Issue Date:
7-Nov-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622343
Additional Links:
http://www.altaanz.org/uploads/5/9/0/8/5908292/khalifa_et_al.pdf
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2201-0009
Appears in Collections:
English language learning and assessment; English language learning and assessment

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorKhalifa, Hananen
dc.contributor.authorKhabbazbashi, Nahalen
dc.contributor.authorAbdelsalam, Samaren
dc.contributor.authorSaid, Mohsen Elmahdyen
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-07T12:42:07Z-
dc.date.available2017-11-07T12:42:07Z-
dc.date.issued2015-11-07-
dc.identifier.citationKhalifa H, Khabbazbashi N, Abdelsalam S, Said M.E (2015) 'International assessment and local contexts: a case study of an English language initiative in higher education institutes in Egypt', Papers in Language Testing and Assessment, 4 (1), pp.1-30.en
dc.identifier.issn2201-0009-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622343-
dc.description.abstractWithin the long-term objectives of English language reform in higher education (HE) institutes across Egypt and increasing employability in the global job market, the Center for Advancement of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Cairo University (CAPSCU), Cambridge English Language Assessment and the British Council (Egypt) have implemented a multi-phase upskilling program aimed at enhancing the workplace language skills of socially disadvantaged undergraduates, developing teachers’ pedagogical knowledge and application, providing both students and teachers with a competitive edge in the job markets through internationally recognised certification and the introduction of 21st century skills such as digital-age literacy and effective communication in HE, and, lastly, integrating international standards for teaching, learning and assessment within the local context. This paper reports on a mixed methods research study aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of this initiative and its impact at the micro and macro levels. The research focused on language progression, learner autonomy, motivation towards digital learning and assessment, improvements in pedagogical knowledge and teaching practices. Standardised assessment, attitudinal and perceptions surveys, and observational data were used. Findings suggested a positive impact of the upskilling program, illustrated how international collaborations can provide the necessary skills for today’s global job market, and highlighted areas for consideration for upscaling the initiative.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAssociation for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealanden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.altaanz.org/uploads/5/9/0/8/5908292/khalifa_et_al.pdfen
dc.subjectEnglish language assessmenten
dc.subjectlanguage assessmenten
dc.subjectEgypten
dc.subjectX162 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)en
dc.titleInternational assessment and local contexts: a case study of an English language initiative in higher education institutes in Egypten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentCambridge English Language Assessmenten
dc.contributor.departmentCairo Universityen
dc.identifier.journalPapers in Language Testing and Assessmenten
dc.date.updated2017-11-07T12:32:26Z-
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