LANG 7031 Second Language Assessment and Testing

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101824

Coordinator Julie Lim Opens in new window

Description This unit introduces students to fields of language assessment and testing in TESOL. It provides students with some insight into the key language components for assessment, assessment design and development. It also equips students with updated knowledge about different assessment approaches which impact on the teaching and learning of English as a second or other language in local and global contexts.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Co-requisite(s) TEAC 7140

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of Language teaching methodology and curriculum development.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of key terms in language assessment and testing
  2. Identify and discuss various issues in language skills assessment and testing
  3. Use different and appropriate techniques and methods in language assessment and testing
  4. Design and develop valid and reliable language skills tests
  5. Demonstrate understanding of language assessment feedback and improve testing methods
  6. Apply language assessment and skills testing in specific educational contexts

Subject Content

Purposes of language assessment and testing
Properties of language assessment (validity and reliability)
Current second language proficiency assessment and issues
Methods for language assessment and skills testing with reference to learner profiling and curriculum design
Language assessment and test design and development with consideration of diverse education systems
Language assessment feedback and analysis for improving teaching and learning outcomes


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Assignment 1: Critically analysing an internationally established proficiency test 1,000 - 1,500 words 30 N Individual
Assignment 2: Assessing language skills 2,500-3,000 words 50 N Individual
Intra-session Exam - Written exam: Language assessment knowledge (in-class) 60 minutes 20 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Parramatta City - Macquarie St


Subject Contact Julie Lim Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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