Assessing Challenges and Perceptions of EFL Teachers in Practicing Continuous Assessment in English Focus EFL Writing Classes: Debre Tabor Secondary and Preparatory School in Focus

Minwuyelet Andualem Desta


The purpose of this study was to assess challenges and perceptions EFL teachers in practicing continuous assessment in English focus EFL writing classes.  The participants of the study were 5 teachers and 120 students at Debre Tabor secondary and preparatory school. Multiple instruments that included questionnaire, interviews, observation, and document analysis were used to gather data. The findings indicated that the grade 9 EFL teachers didn’t have positive perceptions, and they didn’t properly practice CA in their school.  Although there are various assessment techniques in assessing writing skills, a few of them were only practiced in the writing classes, and, with regard to the provision of feedback, teachers did not properly provide feedback to students in teaching and learning of writings. Besides, there was a gap in practicing CA in writing classes is that, lack of  teachers and students awareness on CA, large class size, shortage of time, and lack of teachers’ materials/manuals and the like. Finally, it was recommended that teachers & students be given on training on CA, the concerned bodies provide the availability of prepared materials, and minimize number of students in class for its effective utilization in school.

Keywords: Perceptions, Continuous Assessment, challenges, Practice, Feedback, Continuous assessment techniques

DOI: 10.7176/JLLL/58-01

Publication date:July 31st 2019

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