posted by Jürgen Kurtz, Karlsruhe University of Education, Germany
Inspired by the notion of education as an investment in human capital, a variety of more or less invasive and consequential reform initiatives have been developed and implemented in many countries in recent years. However, from a research perspective it remains to be seen if the continuing global trend to elevate intensive monitoring and meticulous evaluation of learning outcomes to the status of an educational imperative will turn out to be beneficial to foreign language instruction in secondary schools. What do you personally think about these developments? I am interested to hear your views on this. What are your personal reactions to the contemporary trend to coat instruction with more and more layers of testing and evaluation?