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Title: 
The evolution of an online writing test standardisation in a pre-service communications skills course for teachers in Singapore
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2015
Citation: 
Ellis, M., Pillai, A. D., & Chan, H.-Y. (2015). The evolution of an online writing test standardisation in a pre-service communications skills course for teachers in Singapore. English Language Teaching World Online (ELTWO), 7, 1-22. Retrieved from https://blog.nus.edu.sg/eltwo/2015/10/21/the-evolution-of-an-online-writing-test-standardisation-in-a-pre-service-communications-skills-course-for-teachers-in-singapore/
Abstract: 
The National Institute of Education (NIE) is the provider of teacher education in Singapore and
is an institution within the Nanyang Technological University; NIE is simultaneously
accountable to the Ministry of Education in Singapore. A Communication Skills for Teachers
course (CST) was introduced for all pre-service teachers at NIE in July 2005. A catalyst for the
development of this course, which focuses on speaking and writing skills, was the perception
that the standard of English of Singaporean teachers had declined. Since 2010, the course has
been offered as a blended course and increasingly, several aspects of course administration
have also been conducted online. The two main areas of assessment for the course are an oral
presentation and a written test. In order to ensure that grading is consistent, standardisation
meetings for these tests are important but not always possible given the tutors’ varied schedules.
This paper outlines the development and implementation of online standardisation for the
written assessment component of the CST course. Utilising collaborative tools for
standardisation saves time and reduces the need for face-to-face meetings for this important
aspect of assessment.
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