Language Testing and Assessment

Module code: EN7507

Language testing is endemic to 21st century society. It is used to screen students for entry to educational institutions, employ professionals such as pilots and health professionals, and restrict immigration. The results of language tests can enhance your career or restrict your life chances.

This module therefore explores how we test English language with specific reference to validation theory (the justification for score use in decision making), while looking at the process of test design and the principles that underlie good practice. It is important to consider how we develop and build good language tests, as we continue examine the impact that their use will have on individuals and society.

Topics covered

  • Approaches to 'validity' and 'validation'
  • Large-scale institutional testing
  • Classroom assessment
  • Models of communicative language ability
  • Writing test specifications
  • Designing test tasks and items
  • Evaluating tests
Back to top
arrow-downarrow-down-3arrow-down-2arrow-down-4arrow-leftarrow-left-3arrow-left-2arrow-leftarrow-left-4arrow-rightarrow-right-3arrow-right-2arrow-right-4arrow-uparrow-up-3arrow-up-2arrow-up-4book-2bookbuildingscalendar-2calendarcirclecrosscross-2facebookfat-l-1fat-l-2filtershead-2headinstagraminstagraminstagramlinkedinlinkedinmenuMENUMenu Arrowminusminusrotator-pausec pausepinrotator-playplayc playplussearchsnapchatsnapchatthin-l-1thin-l-2ticktweettwittertwittertwitterwechatweiboweiboyoutubeyoutube