Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM835: Foreign Language Testing and Assessment

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics

  • An introduction to basic principles in language test construction and presentation through discussion of terminology and criteria used in the design of test specification checklists; the different purposes of tests and the distinction between norm- and criteria referenced tests; testing and assessment distinction.
  •  Objective testing techniques in language testing; item types; language area focus: grammar, vocabulary
  • Principles of testing and assessment (Validity, reliability, practicality, authenticity, washback)
  •  Classroom assessment issues  and alternative assessment methods. Dynamic assessment and teacher-based assessment.
  • Meaning and use of Construct in language tests. Skills focus: listening, reading.
  •  Subjective testing methods;  assessment rubrics; interrater reliability issues. Skills focus: writing, speaking.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Learning and teaching activities15lectures, seminars
Learning and teaching activities20guided reading
Guided independent study80self directed study
Guided independent study35assignment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Other Learning Resources

Students’ own test samples; sample tests from web resources.