There are a lot of adjustments that can be made to existing ways of assessing, according to the researchers.
Jantien Smit, professor of applied sciences in Multilingualism and Education, explains: "Pupils themselves can play a role in the assessment process, for example, by creating a portfolio using their home language to show their knowledge and potential."
Marian van Popta, project leader and senior researcher in the research group for Multilingualism and Education
: "Another idea is using a dictionary, Google Translate or a translation computer. Or involve language buddies: children who share the same home language and can function as brokers. Language buddies could also play a role in more formative moments, such as diagnostic conversations about mathematics between the teacher and the pupil. Another option is for the teacher and the class to negotiate about the final assignment with which the pupils will be able to demonstrate the achievement of the learning objectives. They can then also decide which languages they will use to that end. This research project aims to contribute to an enrichment of Dutch assessment culture."