2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
1 x 3-hour seminar per week
Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums
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.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate familiarity with current theories in language testing and assessment
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
Demonstrate skills in designing, trialling and analysing assessment tools for use in their own teaching and learning contexts
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
Show awareness of issues of ethics and fairness in language assessment
Evaluate the validity and usefulness of a number of existing language tests and assessment frameworks
Understand the impact of language assessment practices on language teaching and learning
Demonstrate the capacity to work collaboratively in problem-solving and discussion of relevant issues
GLO8: Global citizenship
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ETL714 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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