Ruth Horsfall is the Teaching Excellence lead for Europe and the Americas at the British Council in Spain. She has been working as a teacher, centre manager and academic manager based in Spain for over 20 years and specialises in teaching and learning English with Early Years and Primary students.  She works closely with language teachers, both in her organisation and in schools in Spain, and since completing her MA in Education and Applied Linguistics in 2010, has been particularly interested in the areas of language and literacy, motivation, engagement and visible progress in the classroom. 


Panel member: Assessment as learning enabler in teaching Young Learners 

Day 3 - Sunday 29 October - 13.45-15.00

With children learning English at ever younger ages, there comes a need to develop assessment that specifically targets the young learner population. Our panel of experts will discuss assessment as a learning enabler for young learners from a variety of perspectives:

Kyungia Ahn will focus on the way in which trends in assessing young learners have developed in Korea with a growing emphasis on assessment for learning and classroom-based assessment .

Itje Chodidjah‘s concern is also with classroom-based assessment and especially the importance learning objectives as determining the validity and reliability of the assessment for young learners. 

Ruth Horsfall will discuss the role of empowering learners and learner autonomy in the assessment process. She is particularly interested in how younger learners perceive the progress they make  in language learning and how seeing and understanding this progress can motivate and drive further learning. 

Jing Wei will bring a technology focus to the panel to discuss how technology can be harnessed to transform the landscape of young learner assessment. She is concerned with questions such as the use of technology to generate assessment contents in ways that were not possible previously.