I've been interested in the topic of dynamic assessment (DA) for some time, and at the same time have been curious as to why it hasn't had much attention in the TESOL literature, apart from perhaps Matthew Poehner's and Jim Lantolf's excellent work in the US. I've always seen the potential for DA to bring about profound shifts in the way teachers view the relationship between teaching and learning, and the roles of assessment in that "dialectic". I'm just finishing up my book on group work in the second language classroom, and have written this small section in the final chapter on DA. Hopefully it's the start of a new project in which I can focus on practical implementation in the classroom.
Thanks to Hugh Dellar (@hughdellar) for tweeting a great quote this evening which fits beautifully with the theme of Dynamic Assessment.:
The teacher's primary responsibility is response-ability. (Peter Wilberg, 1988)