Measuring Second Language Performance

Course Information
TitleΜέτρηση της Επίδοσης στη Δεύτερη/Ξένη Γλώσσα / Measuring Second Language Performance
CodeΕΚΠ 578
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600004069


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Glṓssa, Logotechnía kai PSīfiaká Mésa stīn EkpaídeusīElective CoursesWinter/Spring-7.5

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
(a) familiarise students to to various types of tests (b) train students in the testing of the skills, vocabulary and grammar (c) familiarise students to the stages of constructing a good test (d) inform students regarding the types of alternative assessment (e.g. portfolio, record keeping, conferencing, self assessment etc)
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Design and manage projects
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of this course is to introduce students to issues related to the design and classification of tests with regard to their approach and purpose. More particularly, the course will show the connection between testing and teaching and provide overall instruction in the use of various types of tests for classroom purposes. Students will be introduced fundamental concepts in testing such as validity and reliability and they will get informed with the techniques and procedures employed in the design and evaluation of tests and test results (item analysis, difficulty level etc)
evaluation, validity, reliability, alternative assessment
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Course Organization
Written assigments128.14.7
Student Assessment
A short term project and presentation
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Report (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Hughes, A. (1989). Testing for language teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Additional bibliography for study
Alderson, J., C. Clapham and D. Wall. (1995). Language test construction and evaluation. Cambridge University Press. Bachman, L. F. & Palmer, A. S. (1996). Language testing in practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Brown, J.D. (1988). Understanding research in second language learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Baker, D. (1989). Language testing. Great Britain: Edward Arnold. Efstathiadis, E. (1993). Assessment and evaluation of language performance. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press. Fulcher, G., Davidson, F. & Kemp, J. (2011). "Effective rating scale development for speaking tests: Performance Decision Trees." Language Testing 28, 1, 5 - 29. Fulcher, G. (2008). "Assessing Language Quality". In Shohamy, E. (Ed.) Language Testing and Assessment. Vol. 7, Encyclopedia of Language and Education. New York: Springer Publishers, 157 - 176. Fulcher, G. (2007). "Evaluating quality in second language performance tests." English Language Assessment 1, 3 - 19. Genesee, F. & J. Upshur (1996). Classroom-based evaluation in second language education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Harmer, J. (2001). The practice of English language teaching. England: Pearson Education Limited. Heaton, J.B. (1990). Classroom Testing. London: Longman. Hughes, A. and D. Porter. (ed.) (1983). Current developments in language testing. London: Academic Press. Oller, J. (1979). Language tests at school. Great Britain: Longman Oller, J. (ed.) (1983). Issues in language testing research. Rowley, Mass.: Newbury House. Shohamy, E. (2001) The power of tests: A critical perspective on the uses of language tests.London:Longman Underhill, N. (1987). Testing spoken language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Ur, P. (1996). A course in language teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Weir, C. (1993). Understanding and developing language tests. Hemel Hempstead: Prentice Hall International.
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