Using Classroom Assessment Techniques to Improve Foreign Language Composition Courses



ABSTRACT: Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are formative assessment tools that require, essentially, knowledge of one's discipline and a clear desire to increase student learning. CATs can assist instructors and students in setting realistic goals for a course and in shifting the focus of instruction from teaching to learning. Although the examples described in this article are from a Spanish grammar and composition course, the techniques presented may be adapted for use in nearly any second language course.