Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The course focuses on current theories of Language Testing within contemporary Applied Linguistics, and will provide students with essential knowledge and practical skills in the area of language test design and administration, and evaluation of language proficiency.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain central concepts and issues in language testing, such as basic types of language tests (and their specific features).

2. Explain central concepts and issues in evaluation of language proficiency.

3. Understand the key principles of test construction and validation, and apply them in the development of a specific language test.

4. Administer a language test and analyse its results.

5. Appraise validity and reliability aspects of language testing.


Topics to be covered include:

  • Types of language testing techniques
  • Principles of language test construction
  • Principles of language test validation
  • Methods for analysing and interpreting test results
  • Assessment and evaluation of language proficiency

Assumed knowledge

Foundations of Linguistics (LING6910) or equivalent

Assessment items

Professional Task: Individual Assignment (20%)

Professional Task: Create assignment Test Specifications (20%)

Professional Task: Test Construction Project (30%)

Professional Task: Trial Administration and Critical Analysis of Test (30%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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