TEAC 2034 Language Assessment and Testing

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102475

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Description This subject introduces students to fields of language assessment and testing in teaching English as a foreign/second language. 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 foreign/second language in local and global contexts.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Discipline English as a Second Language Teaching

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

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
Development of valid and reliable international standardised tests
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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Critical Review 2000 words 40 N Individual
Report 2500 words 40 N Individual
Presentation 10 minutes 20 N Both (Individual & Group)

Prescribed Texts

  • Hughes, A. (2003). Testing for language teachers (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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