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126242 FK Assessment / EFL Testing and Assessment (2020W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work


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

Update: 02.11. All classes in November will be digital (collaborate).

HYBRID with Collaborate, i.e. a mixture of on-site and online sessions is planned. There is space for 20 students in SR5. That means that almost everybody allocated to the class could sign up to come to the on-site sessions (on a rota system). Those who cannot attend on-site will follow the class live via collaborate. Bring along your laptop/tablet/smartphone and headphones/mic/headset – it might be useful to use breakout rooms on-site too! We’ll then see what works best in practice. More details about signing up in moodle.

* Planned f2f classes on-site: 08.10., 12.11., 26.11., 03.12., 17.12., 28.01.
* Tech check for Collaborate: date(s) and time(s) to be announced in moodle
* Dates for the online mid-term open book analysis: regardless which of my two Assessment classes you are attending, you can do the online open book analysis at one of the following times: Thur 19.11. 8.15-9.45 or 12.15-13.45.

Thursday 08.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Thursday 15.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 22.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 29.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 05.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 12.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Thursday 19.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Thursday 03.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Thursday 10.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Thursday 07.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 14.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 21.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 28.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Hybride Lehre
Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17


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 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).

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%) – see “Anmerkungen zu den Terminen” for information about the date(s).
Part 3: Individual final written assignment, due 10th Feb. 2021 (if you need the grade to sign up for courses in S21), 1,500-2,000 words, uploaded and on paper (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 (see Ziele, Inhalte und Methode/course schedule). Details on assignments given in class and on moodle.

Reading list

* Class reader (available from CopyStudio, Schwarzspanierstraße 10, cash only). 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: UF 344; BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.1-624; BEd 11.3
Lehrinhalt: 12-4113

Last modified: Mo 02.11.2020 15:28