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Helena Reierstam, PhD student

Helena Reierstam

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Works at Department of Education
Telephone 08-120 764 35
Email helena.reierstam@edu.su.se
Visiting address Frescativägen 54
Postal address Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

My research focuses on the role of language in the assessment of newly arrived immigrant students’ content knowledge. I want to examine what kind of language skills different assessment types and test items require of the students. Another question concerns test accommodations used by the teachers in order to reduce the impact of limited language proficiency. In my previous study (licentiate thesis) the focus was on teachers’ assessment practices and attitudes in a Swedish highschool context where English was used as the medium of instruction.

My academic and research interests include academic literacy across the curriculum, content and language integrated learning (CLIL), language teaching, language in education policies, bilingualism and assessment, particularly written assessment.

I have a background as a language teacher and I have taught English and French as a foreign language in Swedish highschools. A couple of years as a French teacher in an American highschool adds to the teaching experience as well as teaching English for specific purposes (ESP) in an adult vocational program for logisticians. In 2015, I finished three years of research in the field of content and language integrated learning (CLIL) and assessment at Gothenburg University. Since then I have been working as a director of education at the Swedish National Agency for Education where I have been in charge of the national exams in English as a foreign language and modern languages.

Right now I am excited to start this new study on content assessment among language learners, a so far underexplored area with a need for educational guidelines due to a growing multilingual context in Swedish schools.

Conferences/presentations:

Reierstam, H. (April 9, 2014). Bedöma språk eller innehåll? En jämförande studie av skriftlig bedömningspraktik i tre svenska gymnasieskolor med internationell CLIL-profil. Paper presented at Nationell ämnesdidaktisk konferens, NÄD, Göteborg, Sweden.

Reierstam, H. (April 24, 2014). Assessing Language or Content. A comparative study of assessment practices in three Swedish upper secondary CLIL schools. Paper presented at Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium.

Reierstam, H. (May 13, 2014). Assessing Language or Content. A comparative study of assessment practices in two Swedish upper secondary CLIL schools. Paper presented at AILA-Europe/AFinLA: The 6th Junior Research meeting in Applied Linguistics, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Reierstam, H. (October 28, 2014). Bedöma språk eller innehåll? En jämförande studie av skriftlig bedömningspraktik i tre svenska gymnasieskolor med internationell CLIL-profil. Paper presented at Lärarnas forskningskonferens (Teachers’ Research Conference), Stockholm, Sweden.

Reierstam, H. (April 21, 2016). Bedöma språk och/eller innehåll? Normer i teori och praktik. Paper presented at the national symposium, ASLA, (Association Suédoise de Lingustique Appliqué) Uppsala, Sweden.

Reierstam, H. (March , 2015). Bedöma språk eller innehåll? En jämförande studie av bedömningspraktik i tre svenska gymnasieskolor med internationell CLIL-profil. Paper presented at Uppdrag språk, LMS (Lärarna i moderna språk) conference.

Reierstam, H. (October 13, 2015). Plenary speaker at Conference for French Teachers, Skolporten, Stockholm, Sweden.

Reierstam, H. (April 8, 2016). Bedöma språk och/eller innehåll? Hur då? Lecture at Centre for Professional Development and Internalisation in Schools, (Fortbildningsavdelningen) Uppsala University.

Publications

Reierstam, H. (2015). Assessing Language or Content? A comparative study of the assessment practices in three Swedish upper secondary CLIL schools. (licentiate thesis). Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg

Reierstam, H & Sylvén, L K (Forthcoming). Assessment in CLIL, Bookchapter in CLISS-Anthology, Multilingual Matters.

 

 

Last updated: October 11, 2018

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