Computer-Assisted Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: Technological Advances edition:1st
This chapter illustrates how e-assessment of oral proficiency in the foreign langue can be designed and conducted in ways that enhance the students' learning experience. Referring to the authors' experiences with the WebCEF and CEFcult assessment platforms, it is shown how a variety of technical functionalities of these online tools create a supportive environment for a pedagogical approach known as 'assessment for learning'. The discussion focuses on three key principles of the approach: the structural involvement of learners in the assessment process, the elicitation of effective feedback, and the development of self-assessment skills. While documenting the great potential of online assessment environments for gaining insight in language learning, the chapter also points out some of its current limitations and how ongoing research might help to overcome these.