• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Social Research
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Susan Macqueen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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; and
  5. understand the relationship between language assessment and language teaching.

Indicative Assessment

Critical reflection (800 words) 20% [LO 1, 2, 3, 5]
Review of a language assessment (1200 words) 30% [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Major project (2000 words) 50% [LO 1, 2, 4, 5]
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time comprising:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial; and
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 LING6029.

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4209 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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