At THE BULA , we believe that assessment of learners forms an integral part of the teaching/learning process. The purpose of assessment is to maximise the students' learning potential by identifying their business (and language) needs, and continuously adapting and developing the syllabus to meet these needs.
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Continuous assessment enables teachers and students to analyse the specific areas of learning that need to be addressed.
By doing so, it helps the academic staff to tailor the pedagogical programme in order to meet the needs of the students in the best possible learning environment.
Ongoing assessment also enables teachers to structure their classes ways that allow for optimum progress.
Each newly recruited teacher at THE BULA participates in an induction day; on this day the teacher is given a staff handbook which contains information guiding their professional performance and conduct at the college.
Each student is in possession of a handbook which they are given upon registration and required to bring with them to school each day.
This handbook contains a portfolio section which is used to keep an ongoing record of the student's assessment results and progress during their time at the school.
Students are given regular informal assessments, which are followed up by one-to-one feedback sessions during which the teacher will advise the students on their progress and make recommendations for self-study in order to target areas of learning where they may be experiencing problems.
There is also regular in-house assessment when all students complete placement tests in order to ensure that each student is in a class of an appropriate level.
Results of these formal assessments are kept on file for the duration of the student's time at the College.
Regular meetings take place between academic management and teaching staff to ensure coordinated planning of continuous assessment. All issues raised or suggestions put forth are taken into consideration when assessment procedures are being planned.
It is the policy of THE BULA to assess the level of each student upon registration in order to ensure they are placed in a class of the correct level.
The academic management have devised placement tests designed to assess the skills of each student.
Teachers are asked to liaise with the academic management to ensure that the student has been correctly placed and, in the event of a student being incorrectly placed, to ensure that this is rectified immediately.
If a teacher feels that a student has been placed at the wrong level, he/she will issue the student with a signed transfer slip and send the student to the Academic Coordinator to be placed in a new class.