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Dynamic Assessment in the Foreign Language Classroom: A Teacher's Guide (2nd edition)
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updated and expanded edition of the Dynamic Assessment Guide. Can be used as a textbook for a course on FL / SL assessment or as supplemental materials in a methods course. Includes text-based and video case studies which provide concrete examples of teachers applying DA procedures with their students.

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Dynamic Assessment in the Language Classroom
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CALPER Professional Development Document - 8pp. In very clear language, the authors provide a basic account of Dynamic Assessment (DA) and trace its origins to Vygotsky's theory of development. They explain the concepts of mediation and Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), as well as the two main approaches used in DA. They also include three examples detailing what DA looks like in the classroom and conclude the document by providing a glimpse of what the future holds for DA, such as using it with groups and integrating computer technologies to DA procedures.

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Dynamic Assessment of L2 Development
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CALPER Working Paper No. 1 <br> The present paper outlines a theoretical framework for a research program on Dynamic Assessment (henceforth, DA) within in the fields of L2 research, pedagogy and language testing. To achieve this, we will first discuss the theoretical basis of DA in the work of L. S. Vygotsky; next, we will contrast DA with more traditional static approaches to assessment (henceforth, SA) in the general educational and psychological literatures; we will then review the few studies that have been carried out to date on DA and L2 learning and instruction; we will next consider some of the critiques leveled against DA, in particular in its clinical orientation, by those concerned with psychometric principles; finally, we will consider the implications of some recent theoretical and empirical research calling for a closer connection between L2 assessment and instruction in light of our discussion of DA.

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