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Language Assessment (Module)

Module description

Assessment of student performance plays an important role in measuring student progress, evaluating pedagogy and providing public accountability. In second language education, assessment, particularly in the form of large-scale high-stakes standardised testing, also serves a powerful function of selection and gate-keeping for university entrance and employment.

This module aims to consolidate and build on the theoretical and experiential knowledge of language testing and assessment that module participants have acquired in their previous academic studies and professional practice. It aims to offer an up-to-date account of current developments and thinking in the field of language testing and assessment, with particular reference to English Language Teaching in different world locations.

Discussions on theory and practice will be explicitly referenced to the two established paradigms in language assessment: psychometrically oriented language testing and classroom-based teacher language assessment. The module is designed to provide participants with both theoretical understanding and practical experience in developing a variety of assessment procedures from their specification stage, through the development of the assessment procedures and the rating of student performances, to the interpretation and use of the results. Issue of ethics in language testing and assessment will be considered in relation to design and use in different social contexts. 

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2020/21 academic year, it is subject to change for subsequent academic years.

Staff information

Dr Jo Lewkowicz

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

  • 1 x 3,500 word assignment (100%)

Key information

Module code 7SSEE004

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester summer session 1

Study abroad module Yes