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126240 FK Assessment / EFL Testing and Assessment (2021W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work
Tu 05.10. 14:15-15:45 Digital


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 12.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 19.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 09.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 16.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 23.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 07.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 18.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 25.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course is designed to give future teachers a basic grounding in the core areas of assessment, including construct definition, test specifications, item formats, validity of assessments, reliability of judgements and test practicality. The assessment of all four skills, plus grammar and vocabulary, will be covered to varying degrees (incl. analysing/adapting existing tasks), as are rater training for writing/speaking and the practicalities of formative and summative assessment in the Austrian classroom.

The major aims are to
* develop a basic understanding of fundamental concepts in language assessment with a special focus on the classroom context
* understand how to implement these concepts in the selection, development and evaluation of assessment instruments used
* understand the links between assessment, testing, learning and teaching
* help participants to become confident enough to continue learning about language assessment on their own

Classroom projects, individual/pair/group work (achievement test, rater training), discussion of readings, critical reflection on key concepts in language assessment, critical evaluation of assessment instruments

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment will be based on students' own/group projects, continuous assessment (classwork/homework), one open-book analysis of a prompt and one final individual written assignment.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance (max. 2 absences) = participating in activities as defined for the week (details on moodle).

Your final grade for this course is based on three components:

Part 1: Classwork/homework (individual/in pairs/groups) incl. analysing/developing/evaluating two tasks suitable for an achievement test (20%+10%), rater training for writing (10%) and a self-/peer assessment task (5%). The assessment grids/keys for the different assignments are given in moodle and reflect the process and the product. (45% in all)

Part 2: One online mid-term open book analysis of a writing prompt lasting max. 90 minutes in relation to Texts 1-6 in the reader (20%)

Part 3: Individual final written assignment, 1,500-2,000 words (35%)

Two of the three parts as well as the overall score must be positive.

Grading scale: 1 (sehr gut) 100-90%; 2 (gut) 89-80%; 3 (befriedigend), 79-70%; 4 (genügend) 69-60%; 5 (nicht genügend) 59-0%.

Examination topics

Continuous assessment based on what is covered in the course. Details on assignments given in class and on moodle.

Reading list

Class reader (available from CopyStudio, Schwarzspanierstraße 10). If you do not live in Vienna, please organize somebody to buy one for you and send it to you by post. You need a copy, at the latest, before the second session.

Handouts (in moodle)

Association in the course directory

Studium: BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: BEd 11.3
Lehrinhalt: 12-4113

Last modified: Mo 20.09.2021 12:08