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Dr Andrew E. Finch
Teachers' College
Department of English Language Education
Kyungpook National University, Korea
Date of visitorship: 19-25 November 2006

Dr Andrew Finch is associate professor of English Education at Kyungpook National University, in the Republic of Korea. His research interests include alternative assessment, task-based materials design, and language-learning as education of the whole person. In addition to being an advisor for the national CSAT exam, Dr Finch is currently engaged in a project in which task-based teaching is being used by high school teachers in Korean high schools, despite the test-driven learning environment of those schools. Dr Finch has co-authored a teacher-training book about Classroom-Based Assessment, along with a number of interactive, student-centred, language-learning textbooks, in which alternative assessment plays an important part. These can be accessed at www.finchpark.com/books. His main pastime is playing Go – an oriental board game which combines logical and lateral thinking, and is a constant source of metaphors for the language-learning process. He can be contacted at aef@knu.ac.kr

Activities at HKU related to language education research and SBA

Lunchtime Workshop
Date: 21 Nov 2006 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:45-2pm
Venue: Room LG01, Hui Oi Chow Science Building, HKU
'Promoting Attitude Change through Student-Based Assessment(SBA): A Practical Approach'
(Chaired by Dr David Carless, Faculty of Education, HKU)
School-based Assessment Seminar
Date: 22 Nov 2006 (Wednesday)
Time: 5-6:30pm
Venue: T6, Meng Wah Complex, HKU
'Formative School-based Assessment Activities for Secondary English: An Overview'
(Chaired by Dr Steve Andrew, Faculty of Education, HKU)
Homepage of SBA Projects: http://web.hku.hk/~sbapro
Constituent Theme- Languages, Media and Communication: Language in Education and Assessment Seminar Series
Date: 23 Nov 2006 (Thursday)
Time: 5-6:30pm
Venue: T2, Meng Wah Complex, HKU
'Self/peer Assessment: Stress-free Consciousness-Raising and Reflection'
(Chaired by Dr David Gardner, English Centre, HKU)

Consultation Meetings with Academic Staff and Postgraduate Students

If you wish to make an individual appointment in advance with Dr Finch, please check with his visiting schedule and contact Miss Scarlet Poon, email: scarletws@hku.hk/ 2859 2395.

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