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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Evening)
Singapore Term 1 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Anna Filipi (on-campus, Clayton); Mr John Pill (off-shore, T1 Singapore)


The Unit explores current theories in language testing and assessment, new approaches to language test design and validation, advances in language testing technology, the impact of various language assessment practices on language teaching and learning, and the ethics of language test use. The various purposes of language assessment are outlined and students are introduced to a set of principles whereby language tests, standards-based frameworks and a range of other assessment policies and practices can be critically evaluated. They are also given opportunities to develop skills in designing, trialling and analysing assessment tools for use in their own professional contexts.


The learning objectives of this unit are to familiarize students with a range of purposes and uses of language assessment; acquaint them with the basic testing terminology required to read and understand key literature on language assessment; raise their awareness of issues of fairness and impact in language testing. They also include enabling students to review recent debates and developments in language testing research and practice (including dynamic assessment, performance assessment, new approaches to language test validation); the provision of a conceptual framework for evaluating the validity and usefulness of a number of widely used tests and assessment frameworks in English and other languages; development of skills in test design and analysis.


Two assessment tasks:
Critical Review (3200 words): 40%; and Project (4800 words): 60%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Anna Filipi