Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM835: Foreign Language Testing and Assessment

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (10 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Susan Riley (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module provides an overview of many of the key concepts involved in the assessment of language knowledge and use, with detailed explanation of what is involved in designing or choosing tests for the 4 language skills as well as more general testing of grammar and vocabulary. This will give you a solid understanding of important testing terms and you will be able to read and critique the testing literature. We will examine the range of assessment types from formal large-scale tests to informal in-class assessment opportunities. Testing and assessment make sense when you consider your own context and are able to relate concepts to your own classes, and the presentation and assignment give you the chance to apply the concepts to a testing situation in your own context. By the end, you will be in a position to make informed choices about testing and assessment in the full understanding of how powerful tests can be.

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