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
Assessment and testing
Formats, tasks and settings
Meaningfulness and authenticity
Developing reading tests
Scoring reading tests
Task types for listening assessment
Scoring listening tests
Assessing grammar and vocabulary
Principles of testing grammar and vocabulary
Assessment and course planning
Approaches to testing
The test development cycle
Evaluating the effectiveness of a test
When would you like to start?
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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.
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