Measuring Second/Foreign Language Performance

Course Information
TitleΜέτρηση Επίδοσης στη Δεύτερη/ Ξένη Γλώσσας / Measuring Second/Foreign Language Performance
CodeΕΔΞΓ 578
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600016521


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
a. students familiarise themselves with different types of tests b. students get training on testing skills, vocabulary and grammar c. students get familiarised with constructing a good test d. students get training on types of alternative assessment (portfolio, diary, conferencing, self assessment, etc)
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Design and manage projects
Course Content (Syllabus)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to topics related to the design and construction of tests based on certain approaches and the the testing purpose. In particular, we will highlight the link between test and teaching and we will discuss the use of the different types of classroom assessments. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts such as the validity and reliability of a test and will be informed about the techniques and procedures used in the design and evaluation of test and test results (data analysis, level of difficulty, etc.)
assessment, validity, reliability, alternative assessment
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment782.8
Written assigments1585.7
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
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. Baker, D. (1989). Language testing. Great Britain: Edward Arnold. Brown, J.D. (1988). Understanding research in second language learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Efstathiadis, E. (1993). Assessment and evaluation of language performance. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press. Fulcher, G. (2007). "Evaluating quality in second language performance tests." English Language Assessment 1, 3 19.v 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., Davidson, F. & Kemp, J. (2011). "Effective rating scale development for speaking tests: Performance Decision Trees." Language Testing 28, 1, 5 29. 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. (1989). Testing for language teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 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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