Course outline_ENG710_Language Testing And Assessment

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

Title:                    Language Testing And Assessment        

Course code:       ENG710

No. of credits:      3 credits

 

1. COURSE OVERVIEW

This course provides

  • a general background in language and academic content assessment issues,
  • opportunities to examine assessment instruments,
  • practical experience in developing and using formal and informal assessment measures.

2. COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Foster students’ understanding of current approaches and methods of language testing and assessment
  • Enable students to design different assessment tasks
  • Develop students’ critical thinking and teamwork skills

3. TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS

  • Key concepts of language testing and assessment 
  • Types and purposes of tests

Principles of language assessment

  • Aligning assessment with course learning outcomes

Developing test specifications for language assessment

  • Designing classroom language tests
  • Alternatives in assessment
  • Instructor’s feedback on test items design

Assessing Vocabulary and Grammar

  • Assessing the receptive skills: Listening and Reading
  • Assessing the productive skills: Speaking and Writing
  • Marking assessments: rating scales and rubrics

4. MATERIALS

4.1. Required textbooks

  • Brown, H. and Abeywickrama, P.  (2010) Language assessment –Principles and classroom practices. New York: Pearson Longman, 2nd edition
  • Coombe, C., Davidson, P., O'Sullivan, B., & Stoynoff, S. (Eds.) (2012) The Cambridge guide to second language assessment, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

4.2. Reference materials

  • Bachman, L. F. & Palmer, A. S. (2010). Language Assessment in Practice: design and developing useful language tests. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Cheng, L. and Fox, J. (2017) Assessment in the Language Classroom: Teachers support student learning, UK: Palgrave.
  • Fulcher, G. and Davidson, F. (2012) The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing, London: Routledge.
  • Fulcher, G. (2010) Practical language testing, London: Hodder Education.
  • Hughes, A. (2003). Testing for language teachers (2nded.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Websites/ Softwares

5. ASSESSMENT

5.1     Midterm (40%)

  • Group’s summary and presentation of the reading texts = 30 points
  • Group portfolio = 70 points

5.2     Final (60%)

  • Progress test = 50 points
  • Final project = 50 points

6. STUDENT WORKLOAD

  • Directed study:               45 periods
  • Independent Study:        135 periods

 
 
 
 
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