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LIN8007 Language and Literacy Assessment

Semester 3, 2021 Online
Short Description: Language Literacy Assess
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070115 - English as a SecLangTeach
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 21 July 2021


Examiner: Shirley O'Neill


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:

  1. discuss different approaches to language and literacy assessment (Assignment 1);
  2. describe different types of scales that are used in measurement; (Assignments 1 and 2);
  3. demonstrate their knowledge in scoring and interpreting data (Assignments 1 and 2);
  4. discuss the importance of reliability and validity in testing and assessment (Assignments 1 and 2);
  5. demonstrate their understanding of a range of assessment techniques and test construction by developing an assessment portfolio (Assignment 2);
  6. demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar, and bibliographic referencing. (Assignment 1 and 2).


Description Weighting(%)
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

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Fulcher, G 2010, Practical language testing, Hodder Education, London.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Brown, HD 2018, Language assessment: principles and classroom practices, 3rd edn, Longman, New York.
Rhodes, R L, Ochoa, S H & Oritz, S O 2005, Assessing culturally and linguistically diverse students: a practical guide, Guilford Press, New York.
Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 30 30 19 Jan 2022
ASSIGNMENT 2 70 70 11 Feb 2022

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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.

  2. 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.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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.

  5. 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.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. 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

Assessment notes

  1. 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

Date printed 21 July 2021