• British Council

Language Assessment in the Classroom

Assessment is a vital part of language education. Improve your understanding of language assessment with this online course.

Language Assessment in the Classroom
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Improve your language assessment skills and discover new types of assessments

Over 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 language assessment works.

On this course from the British Council, you will learn about the principles of sound language assessment. You’ll develop an understanding of the different types of assessment in education and how they can be applied.

With guidance from experienced test developers and international assessment experts, you’ll explore practical ways of assessing language and skills to 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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What will you achieve?

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

  • Identify the basic principles involved in reliable and valid 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.

To get the most from this course, you will need to have English language proficiency at a minimum CEFR B1 level.

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

Who will you learn with?

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.

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.

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.

I am an Assessment Solutions Consultant with the EAAST team at the British Council in China. My work experience is quite varied: a project manager, financial consultant, and an English teacher.

I work in the area of language assessment for the British Council with a focus on the East Asia region. I'm usually based in Shanghai, China.

Who developed the course?

British Council

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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