Formative Assessments: Engaging Digital Tools for Adult Learners

Session 5: 9:15am-10:15am (Saturday March 02, 2024)



Checking students’ understanding frequently is an essential part of teaching in any modality. Formative assessments are low-stake quizzes or real-time comprehension check-ins and their main purpose is to monitor students’ learning and provide ongoing feedback. If designed appropriately, formative assessments can be fun and engaging and, at the same time, help students identify their strengths and areas of growth. In addition, instructors can reflect on the students’ responses and reteach, adapt, and readjust their instruction to address students’ needs. This session is based on the WIPPEA model and incorporates digital formative assessments to teach adult ESL learners from beginning to advanced. The facilitators will demonstrate practical ways of implementing engaging, effective tech tools to assess students’ learning from the beginning until the end of the lesson.


Lead Presenter Bio Photo

Laura Waterman

MiraCosta College

Laura is a native of San Diego who lived and taught abroad in Spain. She has been teaching EFL/ESL since 2010. She has presented and attended local CATESOL conferences over the years. She finished her MA degree in TESOL in 2015 and is currently trying to complete a single-subject teaching credential with an MA in Education. She believes every day, every class is an opportunity to learn something new.

CoPresenter Bio Photo

Mariana Silva

MiraCosta College

Born in Romania, Mariana Silva moved to the United States in 2007. She started working at Mira Costa College as a Spanish tutor in 2009 while working on her MA degree in Education and TESOL certificate. In 2013, she became an ESL instructor at MiraCosta. Mariana has attended, volunteered, and presented at CATESOL and OTAN conferences, is committed to equity and inclusion, and strongly believes in all students’ potential to succeed.

Lead Presenter Bio Photo

Chris Vela Che

San Diego College of Continuing Education

Chris Vela Che has been an adult ESL educator for more than 10 years. Most of her teaching experience has been with low literacy to beginning high English language learners. She has been a frequent CATESOL and TDLS presenter and attendee since 2017 One of the things she enjoys about her job is finding ways to integrate digital technologies into her classroom in order to improve her students' learning experience and digital skills.

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (60 Minutes)


  • Teachers

Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education
  • English as a Second Language

Category Strands

  • Online Engagement and Assessment