The focus of this course is on the theoretical concepts and practical techniques needed for designing effective classroom language tests. Other modules in MA in TESOL Distance programme are concerned with trying to answer the question: How can I teach as effectively as possible? This question cannot be answered properly, however, unless the teacher also knows how to answer the related question: How can I assess my students’ learning?
Of particular importance in this course will be a consideration of the interconnections between classroom assessment on the one hand and classroom teaching on the other. Techniques for assessing student performance in communication activities will also be given high priority. Concepts will be illustrated by reference to course participants’ home teaching situations whenever possible.
Required reading for the course:
Brown, H.D. & Abeywickrama, P. (2010). Language assessment: Principles and classroom practices. New York: Pearson Education.