LSMTPR-Language Testing Principles

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Core compulsory modules
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Michael Daller


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:
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 280
Total hours by term 300.00
Total hours for module 300.00

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
This piece of work constitutes 67% of the module mark.

In addition, students will produce an extended annotated bibliography
This piece of work constitutes 33% of the module mark.

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:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of at least 50% overall.

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

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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