Language Testing & Assessment
This course relates language testing practice to current views on communicative language teaching and assessment. It builds on language testing theories and ACTFL standards for foreign language learning, examining the design, planning, and organization of tests while emphasizing the close tie between teaching and assessment. Topics discussed include the classification of assessment techniques (formative and summative), systematic treatment of assessing all four language skills, comprehensive presentation of alternatives in assessment (i.e. portfolios, interviews, etc.), popular standardized tests in the TCFL field (OPI, AP and HSK), and program reviews. Students are expected to utilize language testing theories and standards to design their own assessment tools to guide their current and future teaching practices.