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Evaluating and Assessment in Foreign Language Education

What is educational evaluation? Why, what and how can we evaluate? How do we evaluate student learning? What are the qualities of a good test? How do I choose appropriate tests for my students?

These are some of the questions that this course attempts to answer. More specifically, this course has a dual focus a) programme and materials evaluation and b) language testing and assessment. The course aims at raising students’ awareness of the principles and mechanics of educational evaluation and at familiarizing them with principles of good assessment and with a range of assessment tools for language learners.

Course content is delivered through lectures while class discussions and group projects are strongly encouraged. Teaching materials include journal articles and relevant chapters from books which are all accessible though the course’s eclass. Students are evaluated through a final written exam. The course is evaluated through a questionnaire completed students anonymously.