Language Test Construction and Development
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Course title in Estonian
Keeletesti koostamine ja arendus
Course title in English
Language Test Construction and Development
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
Ene Alas (inglise keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The course aims to provide a scientific approach to the process of language test construction and development and the thoretical and practical considerations related to that. To familiarise students with language testing related terminology in the English language and thereby improve their professional language ability. Familiarise students with general language test characteristics, the structure of different language tests and the process of language test development. Increase students’ awareness of problems related to administering language tests, assessor training and ethics in assessment. Learn to construct a language test and assess its quality as well as plan steps to develop a good quality language test. Intoduce language test construction and development as contemporary, interdisciplinary, international research activity.
Brief description of the course
During the course, the following topics are covered: language test validity, reliability, practicality and test impact, item and task types and their applicability to measuring language skills – reading, writing, speaking, listening – with different age groups. The students will be involved in the process of language test development , and, as group work, will develop a language proficiency test for gymnasium graduates that meets the standards set for a comtemporary language proficiency measurement instrument. The students will be familiarised with the requirements set for interviewers and assessors, testing environment as well as the main pricniples of assessment ethics.
Learning outcomes in the course
Students will know the main terms of language testing and display a systematic understanding of traditional and contemporary approaches to the theoretical considerations of language testing and assessment. They can identify and explain the characteristic features of a good quality language test, construct age-appropriate language tests for different purposes, develop them if necessary and administer and mark the tests professionally.
Dotsent Ene Alas
Replacement literature
1) McNamara, T. 2000. Language Testing. OUP
2) Alderson, J.C., C. Clapham, D. Wall. 1995. Language Test Construction and Evaluation. CUP
3) Hughes, A. Testing for Language Teachers. CUP 2004.
4) Fultcher, G. 2010. Practical Language Testing. Hodder Education
5) Bachman, L., A. Palmer 2010. Language Assessment in Practice. OUP.
6) Fulcher, G., F. Davidson 2007. Language Testing and Assessment. Routledge.