Improving Student Comprehension of Multiple-Choice Question Assessments
Wed, March 31 | 12–1:15 pm.
Overly complex language can get in the way of fair assessment, especially for EAL students. This is often the case with assessments that use multiple-choice questions (MCQs) containing abstract ideas, densely worded sentences, and difficult vocabulary. In this workshop, guest presenters from the University of British Columbia will introduce a simple framework for identifying grammatically complex questions and challenging vocabulary, while also providing structured practice with revising sample MCQs to make them simpler and more easily comprehensible.
The session is based on the published findings of a collaborative project between psychology, sociology and English for academic purposes (EAP) instructors teaching within UBC’s Vantage One pathway program, which combines first-year university courses with language-linked EAP courses.