Thursday, August 02, 2012


Prof. Marco D. Meduranda

This course exposes students to a variety of assessment methods appropriate for English language and Literature. It also explores a range of assessment principles and techniques based on  some models of testing and evaluation which recognize the impact of the assessment context on student performance. Stress is given on those instruments and assessment methods which provide direction for instruction as well as diagnosis, including curriculum-based assessment,  interviews, criterion-referenced assessment, and other alternative assessment techniques with a consistent emphasis on the assessment of English Language and Literature learning.

This course aims to develop the ability to devise pedagogically sound listening, speaking, writing, reading, and literature tests to assess language proficiency and achievement, and literary competence.

1.    Discuss the latest theories, principles and trends in assessment methods.
2.    Distinguish norm-referenced from criterion-referenced tests and discrete point test to integrative test.
3.    Critique teacher-made tests in Language and in Literature according to guidelines given for test types.
4.    Conduct a teaching demo either in Language or in Literature and test students’ comprehension of the lesson by testing.
5.    Write an essay stating own philosophy of Language and Literature testing using the theories, principles, and strategies discussed in the course.
6.    Demonstrate an alternative way of assessing either Language or Literature learning as opposed to the traditional practice of paper and pen tests.
7.    Report observation of a class that used authentic assessment and evaluation.


I.      Principles and Purpose of Language Assessment
a.    Key Concepts
b.    Assessment and Evaluation Principles
c.    Purpose of Assessment
d.    Functions of Language Tests
II.    Types of Language Assessments
a.    Kinds of Assessment and Evaluation
b.    Types of Assessment Tools
c.    Kinds of Language Tests

III.   Approaches and Techniques of Language Testing
a.    Approaches of Language Testing
b.    Test Technique
c.    Test Construction
d.    Phases of Evaluation
e.    Stages of Test Construction

IV.  Authentic Assessment in Language Teaching
a.    Rationale for authentic assessment
b.    Techniques and Procedures
c.    Designing Rubric

V.    Testing the Receptive Skills
a.    Testing Listening
b.    Testing Reading

VI.  Testing the Productive Skills
a.    Testing Speaking
b.    Testing Writing

VII.  Testing Grammar

VIII.                Testing Literature
a.    Rationale of Literature Testing
b.    Types of Literature Tests
c.    Formats of Literature Tests 
d.    Examples of Literature Tests

25%      Class participation and weekly assignments
25%      Portfolio: reflection paper, compilation of English tests
25%      Micro-teaching
25%      Final exam

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