Education Faculty
English Language Education Program
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Test Development in ELT

Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
ELT8002 8 Test Development in ELT 3/0/0 CC English 4
Course Goals
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.
Special Requisite(s)
Course Assistant(s)
Office Hour(s)
Teaching Methods and Techniques  Lecture, discussion, Q-A
Principle Sources Bachman L. F. (2000). “Modern language testing at the turn of the century: assuring that what we count counts. ” In Language Testing. 17 (1) 1-42. Sage Pub. 

Brown J. D. (1997) “Computers in language testing: Present research and some future directions.” In Language Learning & Technology. Vol. 1. No. 1. 44-59.

Brown, H.D. (2003). Language assessment principles and classroom practice. New York: Pearson ESL.

Buttler Y. G. & J. Lee. (2010). “The effects of self-assessment among young learners of English.” In Language Testing. 27 (1) 5-31. Sage Pub. 
Other Sources Fulcher, G. Language testing for Higher Education. Retrieved from http://language testing.info/whatis/scenarios/4hedu.php (date- 14.02.2012)

Genesee, Fred, and John A. Upshur. (1996).Classroom-based evaluation in second language education. Cambridge language education. Cambridge [England], New York: Cambridge University Press.

Heaton, J.B., (1989). Writing English Language Tests. New York: Longman

Pino-Silva, J. (2007). Student perceptions of computerized tests. In ELT Journal. ELT Journal Advance Access published January 29, 2007. 
Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Introduction to the course. Overview of basic concepts employed in testing and evaluation in foreign language teaching.
2. Week 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.
3. Week The context of foreign language teaching (instructional purposes, plans, and practices) and its effects on testing and evaluation Test reliability, validity, practicality and backwash.
4. Week Traditional assessment and alternative assessment: principles and classroom practice.
5. Week Analysis of Standardized testing and standards-based assessment.
6. Week 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.
7. Week Characteristics and methods of self- assessment. Techniques for testing young learners.
8. Week Investigating computerized foreign language testing.
9. Week Analysis of writing English language tests; testing grammar and vocabulary.
10. Week Analysis of writing English language tests; testing listening.
11. Week Analysis of writing English language tests; testing speaking and pronunciation.
12. Week Analysis of writing English language tests; testing reading.
13. Week Analysis of writing English language tests; testing writing.
14. Week 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.
15. Week
16. Week
17. Week
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Midterm(s) 1 40
Final Exam 1 60

Program Outcomes
PO-1Understand English phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics at advanced level.
PO-2Define the contemporary language learning theories.
PO-3Identify different language learning purposes for various levels.
PO-4Recognize appropriate teaching methods, techniques and strategies for specific purposes.
PO-5Develop skills in listening, speaking and writing for helping learners of English to use language appropriately and comprehensibly.
PO-6Design professional applications for teaching the English language.
PO-7Apply professional assesment tools and methods.
PO-8Determine the problems and solutions at the ELT classroom settings.
PO-9Comprehend the importance of lifelong learning strategies.
PO-10Practice classroom management skills.
Learning Outcomes
LO-1Ability to investigate the effects of language teaching programs in foreign language assessment and evaluation.
LO-2Ability to prepare alternative tests (portfolio, self-assessment, peer-assessment, checklist, questionnaire etc.) used in foreign language testing.
LO-3Ability to employ foreign language testing techniques while designing tests for the basic language skills.
LO-4To be able to prepare foreign language testing items in terms of practicality, reliability and validity.
Course Assessment Matrix:
Program Outcomes - Learning Outcomes Matrix
 PO 1PO 2PO 3PO 4PO 5PO 6PO 7PO 8PO 9PO 10
LO 1
LO 2
LO 3
LO 4