The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2020

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.


Content

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

Callaghan

Lecture

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

Online

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Online

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks