1703 North Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
Tel: 1-800-933-ASCD (2723)
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday
Local to the D.C. area: 1-703-578-9600
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Author: Andrew D. Cohen
This course explores why language assessment is important and considers how teachers can assess language skills on an ongoing basis. You’ll begin by exploring the value, design, and scoring of language assessments. Next, you’ll investigate the importance of analyzing the results of a language measure. To help translate theory into practice, you’ll also learn a teacher-friendly means for calculating item difficulty and review a checklist for evaluating a language measure.
In the second half of the course, you’ll move to the assessment of English language learners’ writing. You’ll look through key concerns related to both the teaching and assessing of written language, describe possible formats for assessing written expression, and identify and critique scales that have been used to assess essays. You’ll conclude the course with an investigation of ways to conduct performance assessments, how computer-assisted language testing differs from traditional assessment, and guidelines for the ethical use of tests.