Assessment and Instruction for Diverse English Learners

3 CREDITS    |    TERM 3

Assessment and Instruction for Diverse English Learners offers assessment practices and strategies in English language instruction with special attention to learner differences that influence academic performance.

This course is also intended to engage MAT – TESOL graduate students in exploring different theories, issues, procedures, methods and approaches related to assessments for English language learners. By introducing relevant theory and current practice in the area of assessment, this course is designed to integrate theory and practice in order to provide students with both conceptual understanding and practical experience with language assessment. The course will examine key concepts of assessment including learner identity and assessment, standards and standardized testing, listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary assessments, dilemmas and biases associated with assessment decisions, and assessment as socially and culturally constructed experience. In this course, students will also learn about different purposes of assessment such as placement, diagnostic achievement and dynamic tests, and the differences between “norm-referenced” and “criterion-referenced” testing. The course also offers opportunities to discuss current issues in assessment, such as teaching to the test and alternative forms of assessment.