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Language Assessment in the Classroom

Assessment is becoming increasingly important in language education. Understand it better with this course for language teachers.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Improve your knowledge of and skills in language assessment

In the last 15 years, assessment has had an increasingly significant impact on education policy globally. Consequently, there is a growing need among teachers to understand how assessment works.

In this course, you will learn about the principles of sound language assessment. You will develop an understanding of the ideas in developing different types of test and how they can be applied. With guidance from experienced test developers and international assessment experts, you will explore practical ways of assessing language and skills which you can use in your classroom.

What topics will you cover?

  • Principles of language assessment
    Formative and summative assessment
    Positive washback
    Assessment and testing

  • Assessing speaking
    Formats, tasks and settings
    Rating scales

  • Assessing writing
    Assessment tasks
    Marking criteria
    Feedback

  • Assessing reading
    Meaningfulness and authenticity
    Developing reading tests
    Scoring reading tests

  • Assessing listening
    Task types for listening assessment
    Scoring listening tests

  • Assessing grammar and vocabulary
    Principles of testing grammar and vocabulary

  • Test development
    Assessment and course planning
    Approaches to testing
    The test development cycle
    Evaluating the effectiveness of a test

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    This course started 3 June 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the basic principles involved in effective test design
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different types of tests and how they can be used
  • Evaluate assessment needs of students within a given context
  • Explain some practical techniques for assessing different language skills and knowledge

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at language teachers in secondary or high schools around the world, and anyone interested in understanding how language assessment works.

You will need to have English language proficiency at a minimum CEFR B1 level to get most benefit from the course.

The course does not presume or require any previous knowledge of assessment issues.

Who will you learn with?

Richard Spiby

Richard Spiby

I work with the Assessment Research Group at the British Council in London. I work on a variety of test development and research projects, including the Aptis test.

Carolyn Westbrook

Carolyn Westbrook

Now a member of the Assessment Research Group at the British Council, I was previously an Associate Professor in EFL, focusing on teaching & testing Business English, EAP & ESP, and a teacher trainer.

Olena Rossi

Olena Rossi

I have an MA in Language Testing and am now doing a PhD while also working as an associate lecturer at Lancaster university. Prior to this, I worked as a teacher, teacher educator, and e-moderator

Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett

Hello! I'm Colin and I work as the Assessment Solutions Manager for the British Council. I started in language teaching and assessment since last century. I love the topic of formative assessment

Jonathan Dixon

Jonathan Dixon

Hi! I currently work as an Assessment Solutions Consultant in Beijing for the British Council. I've been involved in the ESL industry for 18 yrs, working as a teacher, trainer, manager, and assessor.

Who developed the course?

The British Council is on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries connecting the best of UK culture with a global audience and providing high-quality English language courses.

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