Module code: ELAM013

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to the core concepts and approaches to testing and assessment in ELT. It covers a range of theoretical approaches to testing, while also focusing on the practicalities of constructing appropriate language tests for specific ELT contexts.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

GREEN James (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • History and development of testing in ELT

  • The uses of tests

  • Different approaches to testing

  • The relationship between testing, teaching practice and syallbus design

  • Test development and design

  • Interpreting test scores

  • Testing receptive skills

  • Testing productive skills

  • Testing vocabulary and grammar

  • Classroom-based assessment and institutional testing

  • Future directions in testing

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (2500 WORDS) 60

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • a critical understanding of key principles relating to testing and assessment in ELT

  • practical skills and knowledge needed for evaluating and producing a test or exam for a specific ELT context


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • a 1500 word assignment critiquing an EFL test or exam

  • a 2500 word assignment on either developing a test for a specific EFL context or a formal essay on a topic connected to the student’s interest in testing and assessment in EFL



Formative assessment

Classroom-based seminar tasks

Homework tasks





Group and individual feedback on classroom-based tasks will be provided during the input sessions.

Individual feedback on the assessed work will be provided online via SurreyLearn.

Module aims

  • Familiarise and give participants a better understanding of the fundamental concepts, issues and approaches to language testing and assessment in ELT
  • Provide opportuinites to critically evaluate a range of tests and assessments
  • Provide the opportunity to design a test suitable to the particpants interest or institutional context.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate a knowledge of a range of different approaches to language testing in ELT KC
2 Understand the core issues and principles involved in the planning, design, construction and evaluation of tests KC
3 Identify  and critically evaluate the key characteristics of a range of different types of tests and test items KC
4 Construct and provide justification for a reliable and valid test to meet a specific need or purpose KCP
5 Work as part of a group and independently PT
6 Communicate orally in class discussions and in written form in essays PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Enable students to acquire in-depth knowledge of theoretical issues in second language teaching and learning through attendance at classes and an exploration of scholarly writing in the field;

  • Enable students to deepen their knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers of English through attending classes, engaging in extensive reading and completing exercises and assignments;

  • Encourage student participation and independent learning, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;

  • Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and evaluate concepts, theories and practices associated with English language learning and teaching through attending classes, and engaging in independent study.

  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the principles underlying testing and assessment in English language teaching through attendance at classes and an exploration of scholarly writing in the field.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Two contact hours per week over the semester;

  • Classes will include lectures and seminars;

  • Students are expected to engage in extensive reading of scholarly writing outside classes in order to follow lectures and participate in seminars.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.