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ETL714 - Language Testing and Assessment

Year:

2020 unit information

Important Update:

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

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Indika Liyanage
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums

Content

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

ULO1

Demonstrate familiarity with current theories in language testing and assessment

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO6: Self-management

ULO2

Demonstrate skills in designing, trialling and analysing assessment tools for use in their own teaching and learning contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO3

Show awareness of issues of ethics and fairness in language assessment

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4

Evaluate the validity and usefulness of a number of existing language tests and assessment frameworks

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO5

Understand the impact of language assessment practices on language teaching and learning

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

ULO6

Demonstrate the capacity to work collaboratively in problem-solving and discussion of relevant issues

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO7: Teamwork

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Assessment

Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - A description and evaluation report on a language assessment instrument 2500 words 50% Week 6
Assessment 2 - An essay on a current issue in language assessment 2500 words 50% Week 11

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.

Learning Resource

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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