Course structure

Course structure

To gain the Professional Certificate in Language Assessment you must complete two 12.5 subjects. These two subjects are taken sequentially over two terms:

Compulsory subjects
General Concepts in Language Assessment 12.5

General Concepts in Language Assessment

In this subject, students are introduced to the general concepts of language assessment and examine the assessment of listening, reading, speaking and writing as well as integrated skills in detail, in both theory and practice. This includes the general principles of test development, test purposes, writing of test specifications, test items and test tasks. The participants are also introduced to the topic of validity in language assessment and will learn some basic skills in statistical analysis of test data.

Detailed Information LING90038
Type Compulsory
Language Assessment for Learning 12.5

Language Assessment for Learning

The major focus of this course is the exploration of research evidence that informs and supports the implementation of Clinical Teaching in classroom contexts. Participants will consider how they can use evidence-based practice to enhance the effectiveness and impact of their classroom actions and identify appropriate interventions for students, when necessary. Specifically, they will use the clinical judgement decision-making model to examine the current evidence base about what works best, what criteria can be developed to make decisions about student success, and how to select, implement, review and communicate research-supported teaching strategies that address identified student needs.

Detailed Information LING90037
Type Compulsory


The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15 -19 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

Entry requirements

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  • Assessment requirements
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