TESOL/AL Web Journal: Brown Bag Lunch Presentation on Nov 16, 2010

Teachers College, Columbia University Working Papers in TESOL and
Applied Linguistics cordially invites you to our second Brown Bag Lunch
Presentation in the Fall:

The Impact of the First Certificate in English Examination on EFL Instructional Practices and Student Test Performance: A Washback Study
Dr. Michael Perrone

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation

Date: November 16, 2010 (Tuesday) Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Venue: 306 Russell (the Gottesman Libraries)

(Bring your own lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided)

At the presentation, Dr. Perrone will discuss the notion of washback within the context of the First Certificate of English (FCE) examination and the teachers and learners at the British Institute of Florence (BIF). More specifically, he will explain how the present investigation attempted to uncover the impact of the high-stakes FCE examination of the classroom activities of two BIF courses (i.e., FCE Preparation and General EFL), and how instructors’ methodology changed over the course of the academic year as a result of the FCE administration date.

DR. MICHAEL PERRONE is the Director of Adult Education at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, where he oversees a program of 750 students and 35 teachers. His research interests include language assessment, learner motivation, washback, and language pedagogy. Having completed his doctorate in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College in 2010, Dr. Perrone is currently an adjunct professor in the TESOL department at Hunter College.

Please contact Adrienne Wai Man Lew at WML2102@columbia.edu for
more information.