In considering how our project idea of a language exchange could be implemented, it’s important to consider how we will assess the success of our project and figure out where to make adjustments or changes as necessary. To do so, we would of course need to gather feedback from our participants to understand whether our goals are being accomplished. We have considered different forms of assessment and believe that formative assessment, rather than summative, would be most applicable to the specifics of our project. The idea of a “language exchange” means that there isn’t necessarily a point where our project would be done—our goals are in creating an ongoing dialogue between the Latinx community, especially farmworkers, and the greater agricultural community, and through language education help break down the language barrier and open up communication between these groups.
Because of this, we feel that a formative approach to assessment makes the most sense. We particularly want to gather feedback from our participants to monitor how helpful they feel the Spanish or English language education is and what changes they would like to see in order to be most effective and enjoyable. One way we could do this would be through an ongoing survey of participants, for example questions we could ask on a regular basis, for example every couple meetings or every month. This would help us understand how to adjust the program as necessary and monitor the progress of our project. We would also hope to seek regular feedback from PCUN and input from various perspectives in order to ensure that all voices are being heard and that our project stays aligned with the goals we’ve envisioned as well as the goals of our organization.