Course outline_ENG710_Language Testing And Assessment
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
4.1. 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
5.1 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