Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies ETDs

Publication Date

Fall 12-16-2022


Given the important role of assessment in the process of Second Language Learning (SLL) and framed within Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), this study aims to analyze: (1) how EFL teachers’ understanding of the role of assessment in SLL can be improved, (2) how effective dynamic assessment is in their teaching practices, (3) how EFL teachers’ assessment practices reflect their understanding of the concept of assessment/dynamic assessment, and (4) what strategies can help them understand these concepts. These four points are studied within the context of English classes at a Language Institute in Quito, Ecuador. This project’s contribution brings Dynamic Assessment as an innovative and interactive way of assessing learning and teaching. DA can be used as a support to blend what is currently being used in the different schools and institutes, objective assessment with DA.


English as a Foreign Language, Teaching, Learning, Dynamic Assessment, Zone of Proximal Development, Mediation, Ecuador

Document Type




Degree Name

Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies

Level of Degree

Graduate Certificate

Department Name

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies

First Committee Member (Chair)

Dr. Carlos Lopez Leiva

Second Committee Member

Dr. Rebecca Blum-Martinez

Third Committee Member

Dr. Holbrook Mahn

Fourth Committee Member

Dr. Hazel Acosta