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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490437282
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- Publication Date: July 4, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DSUYGVI
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He credits to Chile's current Minister of Education, Carolina Schmidt, the following thoughts but admits to paraphrasing, so these are his words, his emotions, as well as hers: "The situation here in Chile is that learning English is a socioeconomic privilege. I hope the reading of this book will lead you to draw a different, more hopeful, conclusion. Some child's very future could depend on it..."
That, people, is what this book is about: the importance and function of educational testing in Chile. Baker presents the historical development of educational testing in Chile with regards to the Chilean National English test, but also gives us much more. Here is It is a story within a story, containing Baker's autobiographical vignettes and historical text combined to become the narrative of one teacher, Baker, and one nation, Chile.
This book should be required reading for both teachers and learners striving to understand the facts, as well as theory and practice of modern English Language teaching, learning and testing in a foreign language context.
This is an invaluable book for any educator or motivated student, written by a teacher for teachers worldwide. It deals with interpretation of test results and preparation for national examinations of all types but offers so much more:
Baker presents the issue in its historical context for the globalizing world, hoping to remind people who otherwise might repeat past mistakes. Baker is a comprehensive thinker, a passionate warrior for education, and it is this that makes his works so fascinating.
This book sheds light on its passion, learning, from a perspective closed than dry textbooks usually provide. He gives us the view from Chile's classrooms, a voice seldom heard from any nation -- the voice of the educator.
Buy this book and read it to get a deeper understanding of the plight of poor children worldwide, who attend poor schools, with weak teachers, who have low hopes and self-esteem: tomorrow's hopeless and helpless, the underprivileged children everywhere.
So, if you are an educator, a student, a writer looking for a subject complete with heartrending detail and towering empathy as well as fact and menace, read this book.
You'll be a better person for it. You might even become a zealot for education in the country you call home.
Once again, thank you Thomas Jerome Baker, for widening my horizons and helping me think more altruistically about the problems facing our world tomorrow and suggesting things we can do today to create a better future for all.
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