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Language Assessment

This section of the toolkit highlights some assessment methods used in various programs as well as research on Indigenous learning assessment. More coming soon!

NEȾOLṈEW̱ Language Learning Assessment Tool
This language learning assessment tool was developed from a SSHRC-funded partnership project with the University of Victoria. This tool was developed for adults learning an Indigenous language but can be adapted to assess children's language learning. The tool is available in both print and web versions. [Print] [Web]

The State of Aboriginal Learning in Canada: A Holistic Approach to Measuring Success
Canadian Council on Learning, 2009.
The Canadian Council on Learning published a report as a way to outline the holistic Lifelong Learning Measurement Framework. This framework was created to better highlight Aboriginal learning in Canada. The three main sections of the report cover Sources and Domains of Knowledge, The Lifelong Learning Journey, and Community Well-being.

Native Language Assessment
Interior Salish: Enduring Languages of the Columbian Plateau, (n.d.).
This website contains a large amount of valuable resources that can be used to assess language learning. The website features a Language Assessment Handbook and Checklists for speaking and listening which will be the focus of a language nest. Although the assessment may be more appropriate for older learners, it can be modified to suit the assessment of children.

Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)

Practical Ideas On Alternative Assessment For ESL Students
Jo-Ellen Tannenbaum, 1996.
On the CAL website is a Digest page full of articles. This article in particular offers great suggestions on alternative assessment methods. Although it is written for second language English speakers, its advice may be suitable for a language nest setting as well. In particular, it offers some great suggestions for non-verbal assessment strategies, in other words, how to assess learning when the child understands more than he/she is able to say.

Awakening Our Languages: ILI Handbook Series

Handbook 9: Evaluating Our Language Program
Indigenous Language Institute, 2004
This handbook answers the questions, "Why do we need to evaluate?", "What do we need to evaluate?", "How do we evaluate in a culturally responsive way?", and "How can we use the results of our evaluation?". The handbook also offers a checklist for evaluation and two helpful appendices that can be used to aid in assessment. 


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