LSMDTP-Language Testing

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Erhan Aslan


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module aims to familiarise participants with the basic concepts, issues and methods of language testing.

This module aims to familiarise participants with the basic concepts, issues and methods of language testing.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:

  • define the nature of the construct they wish to measure;
  • identify the distinguishing characteristics of a range of different types of test;
  • select appropriate test type and test methods in line with the specification;
  • construct a reliable and valid test of reading, writing, speaking, listening or general proficiency to meet a specified need;
  • indicate the major issues and principles involved in the development of a test.

Additional outcomes:
The module will promote the development of autonomous learning skills through engagement with distance study module materials. Students will develop their skills of numeracy.

Outline content:
Topics to be covered include: fundamental concepts in language testing; the testing of reading and listening comprehension; the testing of oral interaction; the testing of writing; the testing of general proficiency; critically evaluating language tests; the formative and summative use of language tests.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students work through specifically written distance study module materials, doing tasks and reading commentaries on those tasks. They also receive core readings in the form of selected articles and a core textbook. The module tutor can be contacted by e-mail, letter or phone.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Guided independent study 50 50 100
Total hours by term 50.00 50.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Students will complete a 3,000- 4,000 written assignment.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination by coursework to be submitted for the next appropriate distance study submission deadline.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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