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ECL776 - Language Testing and Assessment

Unit details

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Enrolment modes:

(B, X)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:R Neilsen
Contact hours:

On-campus students: 3 hours of workshops/seminars per week.

Off-campus students, a half-day study day at the Melbourne Burwood Campus.


This unit aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of language testing and assessment in a range of second and foreign language contexts. It makes links between language curriculum and assessment and develops skills in test design, validation and evaluation appropriate to learning settings.

Topics to be addressed in this unit include: Current theories in language testing and assessment; The purposes of language assessment; Testing of language for specific purposes; Communicative language teaching methodology and its implications for assessment; The ethics in language assessment; Methods and techniques for testing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills; Self and peer assessment; Properties of language tests; and The evaluation of language assessment instruments.


A description and evaluation report on a language assessment instrument (3000 words - 50%); and an essay on a current issue in language assessment (3000 words - 50%).

Prescribed texts

McNamara, T.F. (2000). Language Testing. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Fulcher, G and Davison, F. (2007). Language Testing and Assessment. An advanced resource book. Routledge  publications.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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