Course description

This course is designed to introduce participants to the theory and practice of foreign language assessment and testing. You will learn about the differences between assessment and testing, important concepts to consider when developing assessments and tests, as well as different kinds of assessments and tests. You will develop skills to assess EFL learners' performance in all four skill areas. You will also learn to develop test specifications, analyze and edit items and put together a final assessment instrument that is reliable, valid and useful.

Presentations, reading materials and discussions, along with other assignments, will help participants expand their knowledge of EFL assessment strategies.

Objectives

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • have a working knowledge of fundamental terms and concepts in EFL assessment and testing
  • understand the various purposes and types of assessment in relation to foreign language teaching/learning models and goals
  • analyze foreign language tests
  • develop various formative and summative assessment instruments for specific teaching/learning contexts

Requirements

Course participants will be required to:

  1. read assigned materials
  2. actively participate in class discussions, demonstrating the understanding of key concepts 
  3. classify a chosen assessment based on key concepts covered in class
  4. critique a chosen EFL classroom assessment
  5. develop five EFL assessments, including their specifications, sample items and scoring rubrics to assess different language skills (compiled into a notebook of assessment ideas)
  6. develop an instrument to test grammar and vocabulary
  7. actively participate in an online discussion board (forum)
  8. write 2 short reflective journals discussing key assessment issues 
  9. develop a complete EFL assessment instrument, including the rationale for the kind of assessment proposed, a description of the purpose, as well as the tasks and methods of administration and the scoring method

Evaluation

Course requirements are weighted out of 100 points as follows:

Assignment Points
Total 100
Participation in class and forum discussions 20
Continuous assessment (assessment classification, test critique, test construction, 2 reflective journals) 40
Portfolio of assessment ideas 25
Final assessment project 15

Topics

Unit Topic
Unit 1 Course overview. The role of assessment in language teaching. Types of assessment.
Unit 2 The principles of assessment. Test development stages.
Unit 3 The role of feedback. Ways of giving feedback.
Unit 4 Techniques for assessment and testing. Developing good quality test items.
Unit 5 Assessing grammar and vocabulary. (online unit)
Unit 6 Assessing listening. (online unit)
Unit 7 Assessing reading. (online unit)
Unit 8 Assessing speaking. (online unit)
Unit 9 Assessing writing. (online unit)
Unit 10 Alternative assessment. Developing alternative assessment.
Unit 11 Grading. Developing assessment criteria.
Unit 12 Final project presentations. Course wrap-up.
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