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ENGL 468. An Introduction to Testing for Language Teachers

Credits: 3
Department: English
Description: Assessment methods of language skills of non-native English speakers: receptive (listening and reading) and productive (speaking, writing, structure). Kinds of tests, test validity, test reliability, and test washback/backwash.
Semester Offered: Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the characteristics, uses, advantages, and limitations of formal and informal second language assessment techniques.
2. Analyze the limitations of using traditional assessment procedures in the identification and placement of students with limited English proficiency in academic programs, including gifted and special education programs.
3. Assess second language proficiency including item and test construction methods appropriate for students with limited English proficiency.
4. Synthesize how to administer, interpret, and explain the results of standardized tests and alternative methods of assessment to students with limited English proficiency, the students' parents, and to colleagues.






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