Course Description

This course introduces fundamental assessment principles and terminology and their practical application to the language classroom. Participants will design tests for all language skills and understand the positive effects of assessment on classroom instruction. This course meets requirements for the WA State ELL Endorsement (Area Four: Assessment).


Course Outline

  • Module 1: Basics of Testing and Evaluating – general overview and your experiences
  • Module 2: Validity and Reliability – analyzing tests for these key concepts
  • Module 3: Authentic Portfolios in the classroom – Your experiences via an inventory; also analyzing and writing multiple choice questions
  • Module 4: Evaluating Listening – analysis and rubric analysis
  • Module 5: Evaluating Speaking – analysis and item and rubric creation
  • Module 6: Evaluating Reading
  • Module 7: Evaluating Writing, Grammar and Vocabulary – analysis and item creation
  • Module 8: Standards, Reflection, getting started on final project. The final project is writing a full exam with all components and justifications. The Rubric is attached to Module 1 for your information.
  • Module 9: Final Project upload only; no additional assignments

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Design tests for all language skills and components, applying sound principles of testing
  • Select appropriate ESL/EFL standardized tests when necessary
  • Fairly administer, score, and interpret results of language tests
  • Discuss intelligently ongoing issues of ESL evaluation policies
  • Develop repertoire of alternatives to testing for the purposes of language evaluation
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