Improve your knowledge of and skills in language assessment on our free online course
In the last 15 years, assessment has had an increasingly significant impact on education policy globally. Consequently, there is a growing need among teachers to understand how assessment works.
This course covers the principles of sound language assessment and helps foster an understanding of the ideas in developing different types of test and how they can be applied. With guidance from experienced test developers and international assessment experts, the course explores practical ways of assessing language and skills which you can use in the classroom.
What topics are covered?
- Principles of language assessment
Formative and summative assessment
Assessment and testing
- Assessing speaking
Formats, tasks and settings
- Assessing writing
- 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
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