EFL Assessment and Evaluation

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    EFL Assessment and Evaluation

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Education, English

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Course Objectives
    1. Introduction to the Fundamental Concepts of Language Testing
    2. Overview of Standardized National & International English Tests
    (KSAT, National English Ability/Proficiency Tests, ETS test batteries, TOEFL-ibt,
    TEPS, TOEIC, OPIc, PTE, UCLES test batteries, CET, GEPT, STEP, etc.)
    3. Validation of Language Tests through Quantitative & Qualitative Approach
    (including Item Analysis)
    4. Enhancement of English Communicative Competence by Learning to Write English Test Items
    5. Utilization of Computerized Adaptive/ Performance Language Testing (AES, ASR-based)

    Evaluation Criteria
    1. Presentation & Class Participation: 20%
    2. Mid-term Exam: 40%
    3. Final Exam/Project: 40%

    Texts
    *Required*
    1. Choi, I-C. (Editor, in press). Theoretical Foundations & Practical Applications in Language Testing.
    2. Bachman, L. F. & Palmer, A. (1996). Language Testing in Practice. Oxford University Press.
    3. Photocopies of articles

    *Optional*
    4. Bachman, L. F. (1990). Fundamental Considerations in Language Testing. OUP.

    Course Topics & Assigned Readings
    I. The NATURE of LANGUAGE TESTING & LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
    1. Historical Account of Language Testing
    2. Hypotheses of Communicative Competence Components (CLA)
    II. ASSESSMENT of LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
    1. Language Test Performance
    2. Language Testing in Practice
    3. Test Usefulness (Validity, Reliability, Authenticity, Interactiveness, Impact, Practicality)
    4. Test Method Facets (TMF) and Cognitive Factors

    III. FUNDAMENTAL MEASUREMENT CONCEPTS
    1. Types and Uses of Tests
    - 2 -
    2. Difficulty/Facility, Discriminability; Skewness, Kurtosis
    3. Scales, Reliability, Validity
    4. Norm-Referenced vs. Criterion-Referenced
    IV. ITEM ANALYSIS & INTERPRETATION of TEST RESULTS
    1. Item Analysis
    2. Distractor Analysis
    3. Interpreting Test Scores
    4. Demonstration of Item Analysis Software
    IN-CLASS Mid-term Exam
    V. CURRENT ISSUES in LANGUAGE TESTING
    1. English Tests in Secondary Education/ Performance Testing
    2. Evaluation & Achievement Criteria
    3. KSAT, College Entrance Exam & Graduate School Entrance Exam
    4. Investigation into Validity of the EFL Tests
    VI. TESTING GRAMMAR & VOCABULARY
    1. Test Review
    2. Test Construction
    VII. TESTING LISTENING & READING
    1. Test Review
    2. Test Construction
    VIII. PERFORMANCE TESTING (SPEAKING & WRITING)
    1. Test Review
    2. Test Construction
    IX. APPLICATION of COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY to LANGUAGE TESTING
    1. Computerized Adaptive Language Testing
    2 Computerized Language Performance Testing (AES/ASR-based; e-rater, PEG, IEA, etc.)
    3. Incorporation of Corpus Linguistics (Concordance Program: Readability) in LT
    X. TERM PROJECT

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