TESTING AND ASSESSMENT IN ELT - 2021/2
Module code: ELAM013
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We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22.
This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
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.
School of Literature and Languages
GREEN James (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: X162
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
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 type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||A CRITICAL REVIEW OF A TEST OR EXAM (1500 WORDS)||40|
|Coursework||ESSAY (2500 WORDS)||60|
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
Classroom-based seminar 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.
- 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.
|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|
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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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 2021/2 academic year.