Course Syllabus

Course: TESL 2300

Division: Humanities
Department: Teach English as Second Lang
Title: Testing and Evaluation

Semester Approved: Spring 2018
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2023
End Semester: Spring 2024

Catalog Description: In order for teachers to be successful, the ability to construct effective assessments is vital. This course familiarizes potential teachers of languages with theory and techniques in the construction, analysis, use, and interpretation of second language assessment. It also introduces useful techniques of teacher self-evaluation.

Semesters Offered: Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 1; Lab: 0

Prerequisites:

Corequisites:


Justification: In order for teachers to be successful, the ability to construct effective assessments is vital. This course is designed to provide basic competence in this area of language teaching. This course is required for completion of the AAS in Teaching English as a Second Language. This course will most likely transfer as an elective credit.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to create language tests that will effectively measure second language proficiency in various skill areas. Students will do homework, take quizzes, and create language tests.

Students will develop self-evaluative abilities to assess testing and teaching. Through tests, presentations, and a final exam students will demonstrate these abilities.


Content:
Test types and formats (e.g., aptitude/placement, diagnostic, criterion vs. norm reference). Creating tests for the four skill areas of language (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Other testing instruments for language instruction (oral interviews, self-evaluations, portfolios). Washback effect of tests on teaching. Evaluating the effectiveness of tests.

Key Performance Indicators:
At the instructor's discretion, the following criteria will be used for the purpose of assessment:

Attendance and Participation 15 to 25%

Homework 15 to 25%

Presentations 15 to 35%

Tests 15 to 35%

Creation of Testing Instruments 15 to 25%


Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Coombe, Folse, Hubley, "A Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learners," The University of Michigan Press, current edition.


Pedagogy Statement:
Through reading, discussion, homework, tests, and creation of testing instruments students will learn the material.

Instructional Mediums:
Lecture

Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 15