Assessment in primary English education in Portugal: Teachers’ Perceptions and practices

October 2017 – December 2019

This is a research project led by Sandie Mourão (Nova University, Lisbon), with Carolyn Leslie (Nova University, Lisbon) Maria Alfredo Moreira (Minho University, Braga) and Estela Monteiro (School Cluster Dr. Vieira de Carvalho, Braga)

The objectives of the study are:

  • To characterise teacher perceptions of assessment in primary English education
  • To understand the reasoning behind choices regarding assessment in primary English education
  • To indirectly analyse the approaches and practices regarding assessment in primary English education
  • To identify constraints in relation to the national standards and the transformative vision of language education.

Project presentations

Poster: ‘Assessment in Primary English Education in Portugal’, at Congresso Internacional de Avaliação das Aprendizagens e Sucesso Escolar, 17-18 November, 2017. Minho University, Braga.

Keynote presentation: ‘School Cluster Assessment Criteria and Implications for Primary English Education in Portugal’, at Bridging and Assessing EFL in 1st and 2nd Cycles – APPInep, 26-27 January, 2018. Externato Ribadouro, Porto.

Colloquium presentation: ‘Battling against a traditional assessment culture: Primary English assessment practices in Portugal’ at Early Language Learning: Multiple Perspectives – Diverse Voices, 13-15 June, 2018. University of Iceland,  Reykjavík.

Publications

Mourão, S., Leslie, C., Moreira, M.A. & Monteiro, E. (in print). Battling Against a Traditional Assessment Culture: The Case of Early English Learning in Portugal. In S. Frisch, E. Romeik, J. Rymarczyk, (eds.). Current Research into Young FL and EAL Learners’ Literacy Skills. Berlin: Peter Lang.

Mourão, S., Leslie, C., Moreira, M.A. & Monteiro, E. (forthcoming). From (mis)perceptions to (mis)practices: The assessment of oral skills in primary English education in Portugal. In Karoulla-Vrikki, D. & Lopriore, L. (Eds.), Oracy Acquisition and Development in Early Second Language Learning: Voices from Diverse International Contexts. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

The final report is now available in Portuguese

Moreira, M.A. Mourão, S. Leslie, C. & Monteiro, E. (2021), Avaliação das Aprendizagens de Inglês no 1º CEB: Um Estudo em Portugal Continental. Lisboa: CETAPS, NOVA FCSH.