LIN8007 Language and Literacy Assessment
|Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba|
|Short Description:||Language Literacy Assess|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||National Priority - Teaching|
|ASCED code :||070115 - English as a SecLangTeach|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: Darren Dickson
Assessment of students’ language and literacy is a vital part of all teachers’ work. Teachers are constantly required to make judgements about their students’ language and literacy performance. With the present emphasis on contemporary outcomes-based education and national testing, and the need for students to meet language and literacy benchmarks, including being able to respond to the needs of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, teachers need the knowledge and skills to design, evaluate, interpret and discuss assessment tasks and students’ results, besides use the data to improve language and literacy pedagogy and students’ learning.
This course examines the current knowledge about language and literacy assessment and provides students with the opportunity to relate their study to their particular language and literacy assessment context. It introduces the different types of language and literacy tests, assessment techniques, their purposes and investigates issues of reliability and validity. Students will develop their own assessment in which they will demonstrate their understanding of assessment design and interpretation of results.
The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- discuss different approaches to language and literacy assessment (Assignment 1)
- describe different types of scales that are used in measurement; (Assignments 1 and 2)
- demonstrate their knowledge in scoring and interpreting data (Assignments 1 and 2)
- discuss the importance of reliability and validity in testing and assessment (Assignments 1 and 2)
- demonstrate their understanding of a range of assessment techniques and test construction by developing an assessment portfolio (Assignment 2)
- demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar, and bibliographic referencing. (Assignment 1 and 2).
|1.||Approaches to the assessment of language and literacy||10.00|
|2.||Measurement scales and working with benchmarks||10.00|
|3.||Designing scoring criteria and interpreting data||15.00|
|4.||Understanding the issue of reliability in assessment||10.00|
|5.||Understanding the issue of validity in assessment||10.00|
|6.||Specifications for assessment, task and item design||35.00|
|7.||Improving learning through assessment.||10.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=02&subject1=LIN8007)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|ASSIGNMENT 1||30||30||18 Sep 2019|
|ASSIGNMENT 2||70||70||25 Oct 2019|
Important assessment information
It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.
There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.