LSMDTP-Language Testing

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Erhan Aslan

Email: erhan.aslan@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

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:
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 50 100
       
Total hours for module 200

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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

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:
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 10 April 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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