Professional Certificate in Language Assessment
What will I study?
If you’re looking to gain specialist skills and knowledge to ensure the language testing and assessment you provide is high quality with reliable results, then this is the perfect course for you.
You will be introduced to general concepts of language assessment and examine the assessment of listening, reading, speaking and writing, in both theory and practice. You’ll explore the general principles of test development, test purposes, writing of test specifications, test items and test tasks.
During this course, you’ll discover the key types of language assessments which promote learning and have the opportunity to develop your own assessments and receive feedback on these from your tutors. You’ll also explore the topic of validity in language assessment and learn skills in statistical analysis of test data.
What you will learn
Students of this course will develop the ability to apply the fundamental concepts and principles of language testing.
If you’re looking to gain specialist skills and knowledge to ensure the language testing and assessment you implement is at a standard of excellence, then this is the ideal course for you.
The Professional Certificate in Language Assessment offers specific, practical and high-quality online training and you will learn:
- General concepts of language assessment, in both theory and practice
- Principles of test development, test purposes and writing test specifications
- How to develop and evaluate assessment tools for both the classroom and other contexts
- Basic skills in statistical analysis of test data.
You’ll also learn the key types of language assessments which promote learning, and have an opportunity to develop your own tests, then receive feedback from your tutors and peers.
In addition, you’ll gain practical experience in developing and evaluating assessments for second and foreign language learners in different contexts. By gaining essential background knowledge of key debates in second language assessment and testing, you’ll gain the ability to explain the main debates surrounding language assessment.
To gain the Professional Certificate in Language Assessment you must complete 25 points comprised of two core subjects.
The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15 -19 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.
You can also study single subjects to contribute to your professional development. For more information, please contact Student Support.
Sample course plan
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