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ULI8012 Language & Literacy Assessment - Speaking

8W Teaching Period 4, 2022 Online
Units : 0.25
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 29 June 2022


Enrolment is not permitted if LIN8007 has been previously completed


Our primary concern as teachers is enabling our students on their learning pathway by identifying and applying the most effective strategies. Identifying these strategies is a complex and ongoing learning journey for the teacher as well. As much as we all find assessment stressful (for both students and teachers), it is unavoidable. We must have a mindset of cultivating our professional skills both in the learning and teaching sphere, as well as professional assessors. Speaking skills are foundational to the development of literacy skills. Implementing an effective speaking assessment process however can be a little daunting.

This minicourse illustrates how to construct an effective testing instrument for speaking assessment. Students will evaluate existing theories and industry best practice, and develop their own assessment instrument. Students will then be asked to justify their design decisions.

Please be advised that this minicourse is made up of four parts please see LIN8007 for the full course specification.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. apply specialist knowledge of construct definition to design speaking test documentation. (LIN8007 LO5);
  2. effectively communicate specialist knowledge through the development of comprehensive test documentation. (LIN8007 LO5, LO6);
  3. analyse how your assessment specifications respond to complex factors such as backwash and unintended consequences. (LIN8007 LO1).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Construct definition: what is speaking? 25.00
2. Test design cycle: test admin guidelines 25.00
3. Key principles revisited 25.00
4. Assessment for learning 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
Assessment 1 100
Date printed 29 June 2022