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English Language Assessment:

Introduction
By: Ella Yuzar
 Time: first part starts from 11.30 -12.40, the second part
is from 2.00-3.40.
 Class will be divided into two: student discussion session
and lecture session.
 Form of communication and materials-delivering.
Weeks Lecture Topic week 9
week 1 Testing, assessment, Assessing listening
measurement and
evaluation
Assessing listening
Test types and
purposes
week 10
week 2 Assessing speaking
Criterion of a good test

Classroom assessment Assessing speaking

week 3 Test creation/ test week 11 Assessing reading


design
Assessing reading
Test specifications
week 12 Assessing writing
week 4 Standardized test
Assessing writing
Types of standardized
week 13 Testing grammar and
language proficiency
vocabulary
test
Washback and
week 5 Standard-based
feedback
assessment
week 14 Ethical issues in
Practicality of
language testing
assessment
Test Item analaysis,
week 6 Reliability of
Item discrimination and
assessment
difficulty index
Determining a test
week 15 Alternative assessment
reliability
and authentic
week 7 Validity of assessment
assessment
Determining a test
Test administration and
validity
Grading and student
week 8 the taxonomy of
evaluation
educational objective
MIDTERM TEST week 16
The prescribed book and other materials

 Google scholar
 Language testing
 Language assessment
quarterly
 Language Testing &
Evaluation Series
Assessments
 Classroom participation and group discussion (10%)
 Midterm Test which consists of a set of questions regarding the topics learnt
(25%)
 A 700 reflection paper (25%)
 A 1500-word report paper on a small designed test (in pair, 40%)
 Think of the language tests that you done at schools or university!
 What type of language assessment that you have taken before?
 Were you happy or satisfied about the test? if yes which part? If no
why?
 Do you think the test really measures your language capability?
Assessment and test differences, test
types, and the purpose of the tests
What is assessment?
Assessment is a process of
– observing evidence from performance and
– interpreting it
– so that we can reach conclusions about what
individuals know or can do and
– in order to make decisions based on these
conclusions
 It is a process for drawing inferences and justifying
actions
 Formative and summative assessment?
Terms and concepts: What is the difference between an
assessment and a test?

Test:
 An instrument; a set of techniques, procedures, or items that required
performance by the test takers.
 To measure individual ability, knowledge, performance, a given domain, etc.
Take a look at these similar process!!

– Police use evidence to reach a conclusion about an


event => leads to a person being charged
– Doctors use evidence to reach a conclusion about a
person’s state of health => leads to treatment
– Scientists use evidence to reach a conclusion about
some physical, chemical or biological process => leads
to product development

Now,
What kinds of decisions do we make based on language
tests?
Test types
 Proficiency test:
 Not based on instruction
 Overall gauge of test takers’ L2 ability
 Tries to predict future performance
 TOEFL, IELTS, PTE
 Achievement test:
 Based on instruction
 Test content based on taught material
 Assesses degree of learning
 Classroom-based tests
Test types cont.
• Norm-oriented test:
– Measures overall ability
– Compares test takers with each other
– Usually proficiency test
– TOEFL, IELTS, PTE
• Criterion-oriented test:
– Measures mastery of defined material
– Doesn’t compare test takers with each other
– Achievement tests, some LSP tests
– OET, aviation tests, classroom assessments
Other types of test..

 Language Aptitude test: to measure capacity or general capability to learn


foreign language. For example: MLAT in US.
 Placement test: to assign students in particular level. for example: your
TOEFL score?
 Diagnostic test: to diagnose specific aspect of language. For example: a test
on pronunciation to determine the necessity of Phonology subject in a
curriculum