LSMTP-Language Testing Principles

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Michael Daller

Email: m.daller@reading.ac.uk

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

Aims:
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:
Students will develop their skills of numeracy.

Outline content:
Topics to be covered include: Tests and their Uses, Theoretical Issues , Test Performance, Test Development and Construction, Testing the Receptive Skills: Listening, Testing the Receptive Skills: Reading, Testing the Productive Skills: Writing, Testing the Productive Skills: Speaking, Reporting and Interpreting Test Scores, Directions in Language Testing.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A combination of input, discussion and tasks.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 180
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination by coursework to be submitted by 1st September.

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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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