This course is designed to increase the students' awareness in the basic concepts, procedures and practices related to the assessment of language achievement and proficiency. It also aims to enable students to design, implement and evaluate a variety of testing instruments for a specific group of language learners.
Teaching Methods and Techniques
Lecture, discussion, Q-A
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Introduction to the course. Overview of basic concepts employed in testing and evaluation in foreign language teaching.
Types of tests and testing in foreign language assessment and evaluation (norm-referenced, criterion referenced, achievement, proficiency, placement, diagnostic, discreet point, integrative, communicative and performance based tests.
The context of foreign language teaching (instructional purposes, plans, and practices) and its effects on testing and evaluation Test reliability, validity, practicality and backwash.
Traditional assessment and alternative assessment: principles and classroom practice.
Analysis of Standardized testing and standards-based assessment.
Review of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (aims & objectives). Investigation of the European Language Portfolio and its implementation as conducted by the Ministry of National Education in Turkey.
Characteristics and methods of self- assessment. Techniques for testing young learners.
Investigating computerized foreign language testing.
Analysis of writing English language tests; testing grammar and vocabulary.
Analysis of writing English language tests; testing listening.
Analysis of writing English language tests; testing speaking and pronunciation.
Analysis of writing English language tests; testing reading.
Analysis of writing English language tests; testing writing.
Investigation of students views regarding the course (material, topics, lesson conduction) and their gains at the end of the 14 week period. Provision of information about the final exam.
Understand English phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics at advanced level.
Define the contemporary language learning theories.
Identify different language learning purposes for various levels.
Recognize appropriate teaching methods, techniques and strategies for specific purposes.
Develop skills in listening, speaking and writing for helping learners of English to use language appropriately and comprehensibly.
Design professional applications for teaching the English language.
Apply professional assesment tools and methods.
Determine the problems and solutions at the ELT classroom settings.
Comprehend the importance of lifelong learning strategies.
Practice classroom management skills.
Ability to investigate the effects of language teaching programs in foreign language assessment and evaluation.
Ability to prepare alternative tests (portfolio, self-assessment, peer-assessment, checklist, questionnaire etc.) used in foreign language testing.
Ability to employ foreign language testing techniques while designing tests for the basic language skills.
To be able to prepare foreign language testing items in terms of practicality, reliability and validity.