EML526 Language Testing and Assessment (8)


This subject is an introduction to various theories and practices in second language testing and assessment. It introduces metalanguage as well as key concepts and constructs of second language testing and assessment. It also explores the main theoretical perspectives and their implications for language testing and assessment practices.       

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Session 2
OnlineBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand the role of testing and assessment in relation to second language learning and teaching;
  • be familiar with key terms, concepts, constructs, and instruments in second language testing and assessment;
  • be able to understand main language testing and assessment approaches or paradigms;
  • be able to assess existing language testing or assessment schemes; and,
  • be able to design, administer, and evaluate second language testing and assessment schemes.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • A brief history of language testing and assessment
  • Key theories, concepts, constructs, and instruments of language testing and assessment
  • Language testing and assessment schemes, trends, impacts
  • Language testing and assessment design and administration


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 19 March 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.