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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module LANG42515: Evaluation and Assessment

Department: Durham Centre for Academic Development

LANG42515: Evaluation and Assessment

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap None.
Tied to MA TESOL/MA Applied Linguistics for TESOL (Q3K207, Q3K807, Q3K907, Q3KA07, Q3KB07)


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • at the end of this module students will:
  • have a full working knowledge of principles of assessment
  • design effective assessment instruments


  • the module will explore issues in assessment and evaluation in language teaching. Learners will examine the principles behind different forms of assessment and the effective design of assessments, encountering language assessment procedures, both formative and summative, in a range of contexts
  • the links between testing and assessment and the goals and objectives of language teaching will be considered

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • understanding of methods of enquiry appropriate to issues in assessment, including concepts of validity and reliability in language test design
  • knowledge of key forms and formats of assessments, tests and test items and the merits and drawbacks of each
  • knowledge and understanding of factors influencing the effective implementation of assessments
  • understanding of statistical measures applied and reported in major language tests
Subject-specific Skills:
  • ability to design test items which meet the standards required of effective assessments
  • ability to implement an effective assessment tool, appropriate for a target pedagogical context
Key Skills:
  • ability to read and understand primary texts in assessment
  • ability to respond appropriately to a given pedagogical context

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • lectures will introduce principles underlying assessment. The lectures will also introduce key approaches relevant to effective language assessment. As a result, the students will have a good command of relevant theoretical background and be able to apply this knowledge to the design of assessments
  • seminar support will support learners in the development of their own language assessments and will enable further discussion of key issues in assessment

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 weekly 2 hours 20
Seminars 4 Spaced out through the module 2 hours 8
Preparation and Reading 124
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Test Item design with rationale Component Weighting: 25%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Test item design with rationale 500 words plus test item(s 100% Yes
Component: Assessment Tool with Rationale Component Weighting: 75%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assessment Tool with Rationale 1500 words plus assessment tool 100% yes

Formative Assessment:

Draft assessment tool and rationale

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University