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ET9C1 - Assessment in TESOL

  • Module code: ET9C1
  • Module name: Assessment in TESOL
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This option aims to introduce students to the fundamental principles of assessment. It is designed both for more experienced practitioners and those who are new to the field of assessment. In particular, the module aims to introduce students to the fundamental principles of language proficiency testing; raise increased awareness of a broad range of assessment options, including portfolio assessment and self-assessment; equip students with the necessary skills to be able to evaluate language assessments and to gauge their appropriateness for use within their own context/setting; help students to understand the complex nature of assessment, and the influential role that assessment plays in education and wider society, through a consideration of the concept of washback and test impact; familiarise students with the culture and discourse of language assessment, including commonly used terminology and metalanguage.

Principal learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course students, should be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the fundamental principles of assessment, including an awareness of the metalanguage and terminology used; critically evaluate the assessment procedures and practice they encounter in their own research/teaching context, the better to make an appropriate and judicious selection of assessment instruments, and to draw up suitable recommendations for development and change; contribute more confidently to assessment design and development projects, so as to promote improved assessment outcomes for their students; understand the conceptual discourse of assessment at a wider societal level; operate in an ethical and principled way in the world of testing by taking into account the competing needs of a range of stakeholders in the assessment process, and in particular, the test-takers themselves.

Timetabled teaching activities

8 x 1 hour lectures (i.e. one lecture per week), 8 x 1 hour seminars (i.e. one seminar per week)

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Other essential notes

10 credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: ET9C1-10)
A (Assessed work only) 2000 word written assignment 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Drama Education and English Language Teaching (X3BA) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Social Science Research (L98A) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught TESOL (X9PR) - Year 1