Assessing Bilingual and Multilingual Learners in Mainstream Classrooms

  • Sylvie RoyEmail author
Part of the The Enabling Power of Assessment book series (EPAS, volume 3)


This chapter looks at how we should not assess bilingual and multilingual learners the same way as we assess students with one language. By providing a view that bilinguals and multilinguals have specific linguistics systems of their own, and by showing that some assessments are not equitable for some students and cause them fail, this chapter presents ideas for leaders and teachers on how to assess bilingual and multilingual learners in classrooms. We recommend accommodation as a useful strategy but employing alternative assessments might also be preferable to meet the needs of this diverse clientele.


Monolingual bias Assessment Bilinguals and multilinguals Accommodation Leaders English language learners 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Werklund School of EducationUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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