Emojis: Learner-Led Assessment, A New Pedagogical Tool?

This Article is based on funded research undertaken with learners during 2020-21 at Kendal College of Further Education,16 plus learners, and South Lakes Community Learning Centre, with adult learners. Funding was awarded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), (the charity and expert body for professional development and standards in Further Education (FE) and Training in England) which itself is funded by the Department for Education (DFE). 

Tina Alderson designed and was project leader for the ‘Emojis in English and ESOL’ research project, one of the EFT’s Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment Projects which evidenced successful progression igniting learner motivation, engagement and built resilience, by concentrating on persuasive, emotive writing skills. Feedback showed learners and tutors found the approach engaged learners and helped them to make progress in GCSE English language; Functional Skills English, and English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) courses.

Learners engaged with using emojis from the outset. Comments from them showed how much more confident they felt using a communication tool from their everyday lives.

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