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Price Range £41.25 per week
Beginners Not for beginners
Class Size 16 maximum
Course Length 12 weeks
Town / City & Region , Central England
Tuition Style Combination of Group and One to One Tuition
Tuition Hours Per Week 0.0
Ages 18 - 65
Course Type Online
This course is an introduction to key concepts, principles and practices in language testing and assessment, and in the broader area of course and programme evaluation. The course is designed for education professionals with a general interest in language assessment, and for those with a specific professional role in this area. The course is also for those students on the NILE Master’s in Professional Development for Language Education who have chosen the elective module in Testing, Evaluation and Assessment, and these MA participants will have extension resources and activities throughout the unit content, as well as individual tutorial opportunities.
The first unit of the course introduces the tutor, participants, platform and resources, and also introduces concepts in language assessment which will be referred to and developed throughout the course. This includes the idea of test purpose and test types to fit different purposes and contexts. Unit 2 extends this idea to cover external frameworks of reference in language assessment, and their contemporary relevance in the links between learning, teaching and testing. Units 3 to 5 focus on approaches to assessing the skills and systems of language, covering tasks, items, marking keys and criteria, and their impact on the language classroom as well as the assessment situation. In the sixth unit, we look at researching language tests and assessment practices, from a quantitative and a qualitative perspective, and in the penultimate unit we consider ‘alternative’ assessment practices and the role of technology in language testing and assessment. The final unit takes a look forward, both at the future of language assessment in general, exploring research trends and potential developments, and the future for participants’ own professional practice, beginning with the course assignments – a choice of assessed products for open-enrolment course participants, and the assessment requirements of the MA module for those on the Master’s programme.
Who should apply
This course is suitable for teachers who are currently, or intend to be, involved in testing, assessment and evaluation in their professional context. Participants should have a minimum language level corresponding to B2 on the Common European Framework.
How to apply
• Go to the NILE website at www.nile-elt.com. Click on the online course tab and chose the course you are interested in.
• In the Dates & Fees tab, choose which course you would like to attend
• If you already have a NILE account, sign in on the website
• If you do not already have a NILE account, register on the website and then sign in
• Complete the full online enrolment and payment process
• Once we have received notification of your payment, you will be provided with all necessary pre-course documentation
Your fees should be paid in full prior to starting your course.