Language teaching is often indirectly influenced by formal testing and more directly influenced by classroom-based assessment, while knowledge of testing is often necessary to understand and carry out research into language teaching. This module provides an introduction to key concepts and principles in language testing and assessment. It covers theoretical approaches to assessment and testing of language skills in the contexts of General English and English for Specific / Academic Purposes (ESP/EAP).
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To provide an overview of ELT assessment ranging from informal classroom assessment to the theory and practice relating to more formal standardised tests.
To develop understanding of key concepts and debates in language testing with reference to communicative language testing and testing languages for specific purposes.
To explore recent trends in testing, with reference to technology.
To provide opportunities for students to review and critique aspects of internationally recognised tests.
To develop an understanding of the issues involved in designing test items and creating tasks for performance tests.
To demonstrate the role of testing in research by reference to relevant research studies.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
Understand the difference between formative and summative assessment, and the different types of tests and assessment approaches available according to purposes and contexts.
Understand key concepts of such as validity, reliability, washback and authenticity and how to apply them when evaluating or critiquing tests.
Be more familiar with debates and issues surrounding integrated language testing and testing Language for Specific Skills (LSP) with reference to approaches used in established internationally recognised tests.
Be able to adapt or design tests for specific teaching contexts.
Be more familiar with current and emerging trends in language testing and research into testing.
Academic and Graduate Skills:
Week 2: Testing – assessment - teaching: Key concepts and terminology
Week 3: Exploring validity and washback
Week 4: Creating tests-indirect tests and item writing
Week 5: Subjective testing-speaking
Week 6: Testing reading and listening
Week 7: Testing writing
Week 8: Technology and online testing
Week 9: Classroom assessment issues
Week 10: Testing for specific purposes
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You will receive feedback in a range of ways throughout this module. This will include oral feedback in class, responses to posts on the VLE discussion board and written comments on work. You will have the chance to obtain feedback on your writing during the module, and you will have a short one-to-one meeting with a module tutor to discuss assessments.
You will be provided physical written feedback on assignment report sheets as well as them being readily available on the VLE. Feedback in the department will take 4 to 6 weeks.
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Fulcher, G. (2010). Practical Language Testing. London: Hodder Education.