MA - Testing, Evaluation and Assessment

This module will raise your awareness of key principles in language evaluation. You will look at the full range of formative and summative purposes of testing and assessment in language education and apply them to test design, construction and evaluation, being able to critically evaluate institutional, national and international language examinations. You will create specifically designed tests for relevant institutional contexts and familiarise yourself with new perspectives in testing and assessment. Finally, you will develop pathways into TEA research.

This module carries 30 credits.

Is this course for you?

 

Location: Online

 

Experience: Degree. language teaching experience

 

Language Level: B2/C1 or higher

 

Course dates:
17 January - 23 March 2022
11 April - 15 June 2022
19 September - 23 November 2022

 

Certification:
Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA awarded by University of Chichester

 

Course Length: 8 weeks (+ 1 week break)

 

Course fees: £1150

 

Minimum age: 18

 

Max class size: 16

 

Tutor-led and highly interactive

 

Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms

 

Specialist ELT eLibrary

 

Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content

 

The key principles of evaluation in language education

 

The full range of formative and summative purposes of testing and assessment in language education

 

How to apply the key principles of language test design, construction and evaluation, including developing detailed specifications

 

How to create tests designed specifically for relevant institutional contexts

 

New perspectives in testing and assessment, including a variety of ‘authentic’/’alternative’ assessment procedures, including self-assessment, peer assessment and portfolio assessment

 

How to evaluate institutional, national and international language examinations

 

How to use basic item analysis and test analysis

 

How to develop possible pathways into research in ‘TEA’

Assessment (written after completion of the course and supervised at distance by tutors):

A portfolio (50%) containing TWO out of the following three options:

  1. A critical review of a test or exam of significance in your professional context.

  2. An INSET session or sessions for a group of colleagues, dealing with an aspect of TEA covered during the course and of relevance to your needs.

  3. A test or assessment procedure designed to meet a significant need in your workplace

 

A main assignment of around 3,000 words (50%), developing further an area covered in the course which is of particular interest to you and/or of special relevance to the your workplace/professional context.

Further Information

Online courses are broken down into individual units and activities, forming a clear structure. Tasks will be interactive, involving voice chat, forums and community walls, and they will utilize a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos. Participants need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. You can do much of the course on a tablet or mobile device, but will need a computer for certain activities.

All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and the NILE digital Tasks are interactive, involving live online sessions, forums and community walls, and utilise a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos.

All NILE’s courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness.