• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Latin American Languages
How we assess language ability is a critical issue.  Language testing is prominent in policy matters, for example in immigration and education, and it can have profound effects on institutional practices such as teaching and learning, as well as on the lives of individuals. Language assessment has a broad remit; it is relevant across age groups, languages and teaching and learning contexts.  It involves determining the nature of the language that is to be assessed and using methods which allow fair representations of test-takers’ language abilities.
This course introduces theoretical and practical aspects of language assessment.  It covers key concepts in language testing, such as reliability, validity, fairness, usefulness and models of communicative competence, as well as practical aspects, such as test design, test analysis and item writing. Illustrative examples of existing language tests and frameworks will be used throughout the course. Students will be encouraged to make connections to their own work contexts and/or language assessment experiences.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Develop an awareness of the key concepts in language assessment
  2. Critically evaluate language assessment practices
  3. Understand the social and political dimensions of language testing
  4. Apply principles of test design, analysis and evaluation
  5. Understand the relationship between language assessment and language teaching
  6. Carry out research on language assessment

Indicative Assessment

Critical review of an existing language assessment (2000 words) (LO 1, 2, 3, 5)

Test development project
     Stage 1: Test specifications, test/task materials design and rationale (2000 words) (LO 3, 4, 5, 6)
     Stage 2: Test trial   (LO 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)  
     Stage 3: Test analysis evaluation  (LO 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)  (2000 words)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are note able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING2029.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8875 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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