- Code LING6029
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Linguistics
- Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Policy Studies, Latin American Languages
Modern history is replete with struggles that have resulted in political decisions about language use; some languages are designated as ‘official’ state languages, others are side-lined or even erased. In the modern state, language tests are powerful tools of policy. They can be used to reduce the risk of miscommunication in the workplace, or to measure educational achievement, but they can also be used to filter linguistic diversity or to exclude certain groups. Starting from the concept of ‘a language’, this course explores the complex relationships between language use, language acquisition, and mechanisms, such as policies, standardized tests and assessment processes. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on both theory and practice. Students will examine a range of policy contexts and learn about the principles of language test design and validation, enabling them to make critical and informed connections between government or institutional policies, their instruments and the sociopolitical priorities that drive them. They will have the opportunity to explore a particular assessment or policy context in detail. The course is co-constructed: students will contribute to the course content by selecting and reporting on case studies of interest to them. They will gain exposure to a range of relevant genres, including assessment instruments, policy documents, public information, popular media and academic studies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- discuss and apply key concepts and theories in the areas of language assessment and language policy;
- apply principles and techniques of test design;
- carry out detailed, critical evaluation of the role of language and assessment practices in specific policy contexts;
- plan, carry out and write up research on language policy and assessment; and
- communicate about language assessment and policy topics to specialist and general audiences.
- Engagement tasks, for example quizzes, forum discussions and presentations (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Item analysis (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,5]
- Case study of an assessment/policy (1500 words) (20) [LO 1,3,5]
- Research project (2500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Workload130 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.
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