This course is an introduction to key concepts, principles and practices in language testing and assessment, and in the broader area of course and programme evaluation. The course is designed for education professionals with a general interest in language assessment, and for those with a specific professional role in this area. You will explore approaches to design, delivery and alignment of language assessment - of language skills and underlying competences such as grammar. You will also examine alternative approaches to assessment, and implications of digital and online delivery.
" I really enjoyed the course, it contained elements I had been expecting but much of it was new, too. Everything was organised well and if I had needed to contact Anna, I'm sure she would have been very helpful, she was on hand if we had questions. I think the course will be useful for my professional development. "Camilla - 2019
Is this course for you?
Teachers involved in testing, assessment and evaluation in their professional context.
16 January - 22 March 2023
17 April - 21 June 2023
18 September - 22 November 2023
Option for Trinity CertTP
Course fee £495
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £325
The course will look at the key principles in evaluation in ELT: different models for different objectives; review of formative and summative purposes in testing and assessment; key issues in test design, construction and validation. Finally, we will explore how to put principles into practice: producing good tests and making them work.
" I was thoroughly satisfied with the course. The tutor was excellent and provided us with great insights and support throughout the course. "Participant - 2019
" I extremely enjoyed the course as I mentioned in the reflection. professional,attractive and exceeded my expectations. "Nashat - 2019
NILE Online courses are highly interactive and learning takes place through varied and engaging multimedia content and the collaboration between participants from different contexts. All participants work on the same unit in the same week but there is a high level of flexibility within that time period to help you fit studying around your life and work. The interaction via forums and the other powerful digital tools built into the platform help and encourage you to share ideas, ask questions, explore concepts and build up a community.
You need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. Much of the course can be done on a mobile device, but a computer is needed for certain activities and tasks.
All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and an innovative social and cultural programme.
Thom has worked at NILE since 2011. He has previously worked in Portugal, the UK, Australia, Thailand and Chile in language teaching, teacher training and language assessment.
He has a Master’s degree in Language Testing from Lancaster University and the Cambridge Delta. Thom is treasurer and founding director of AQUEDUTO – the Association for Quality Education and Training Online; webmaster for the Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group of IATEFL; and Vice Chair of the Eaquals Board of Trustees. Thom was also a plenary speaker at IATEFL 2021.
|Course dates||Location||Course length|
|18 September - 22 November 2023||Online||8 weeks|
|18 September - 22 November 2023 with Trinity CertPT||Online||8 weeks|