In this course, you will learn about the principles of sound language assessment. You will develop an understanding of the ideas in developing different types of test and how they can be applied. You will explore practical ways of assessing language and skills which you can use in your classroom. What topics will you cover?

What topics will you cover?

Testing, Assessment and Evaluation

  • What is a test?
  • What is assessment?
  • What is evaluation?
  • Types of test


Principles of language assessment

  • Reliability
  • Validity
  • Practicality
  • Positive washback

Assessing speaking

  • Formats, Tasks and Settings
  • Rating scales
  • Feedback on Spoken Errors

Assessing writing

  • Assessment tasks
  • Marking criteria
  • Feedback on Written Errors

Assessing reading

  • Meaningfulness and authenticity
  • Developing reading tests
  • Scoring reading tests

Assessing listening

  • Task types for listening assessment
  • Scoring listening tests

Assessing grammar and vocabulary

Principles of testing grammar and vocabulary

  • Test development
  • Assessment and course planning
  • Approaches to testing
  • The test development cycle
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of a test


     Authentic Assessment

  • Self-peer assessment
  • Portfolio
  • Reflective Diary
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Reading logs, etc