WEBINAR: Formative and Summative Interpersonal Speaking Assessments

Most pedagogical publications and workshops on the three modes of communication tend to dedicate more time and attention to the interpretive and presentational modes. As a result, effectively scaffolding and assessing interpersonal speaking, particularly in novice and intermediate-level classes, remains a challenging aspect of language teaching.

This webinar will therefore begin by exploring the key characteristics of interpersonal communication before moving on to review speaking proficiency guidelines. These play a key role in informing not only the tasks educators create but also how student performance is assessed.

Our expert speaker, Dr. Florencia Henshaw from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will also provide examples of formative and summative interpersonal speaking assessments, including technology-enhanced ideas.

Specifically designed to support educators and institutions to respond to the challenges of prioritising and assessing speaking tasks, this webinar is packed with best practice and expert insight.

This webinar session will help language teachers to:

      • Learn from classroom best-practice from an international expert
      • Build confidence in using technology more frequently in interpersonal speaking assessments
      • Understand how these assessments can be used to engage and motivate students
      • Develop more innovative pedagogical approaches
      • Help differentiate their in-person, online and hybrid teaching practice.

The webinar was organized by Sanako on 2nd February 2022, but you can watch the full webinar recording for free below:



Keynote speaker

Florencia Henshaw has a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is now the Director of Advanced Spanish. 

Dr. Henshaw is a certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester, and an award-winning educator who has published and presented nationally and internationally on technology integration and research-based pedagogical practices.