Course overview

Full-time duration Part-time duration Total course fee*
N/A 6 months A$6,416

*The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.

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In today’s classroom, language teachers need a firm understanding of the role that assessment and evaluation has on the learning outcomes of their students. To drive positive results, language teachers need to be able to design effective and reliable assessments.

The Professional Certificate in Language Assessment will give you the confidence to deliver high quality tests and the ability to evaluate the value of your existing assessments. Developed by the Language Testing Research Centre with over 30 years’ experience, this is one of the few online courses that specialises in language assessment.

This practical course will enhance your language and ESL testing expertise with a specific set of practical skills in test development and evaluation. You’ll grow an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical issues in this field, which will extend your capacity as a well-rounded language educator and help you deliver more robust results for students.

Offered 100% online, this accessible, affordable and flexibly-delivered course will give you access to internationally renowned researchers in language and testing and assessment. Learning from the best, you’ll quickly gain the specialist knowledge you need, at a time and place that suits you.

Course aims

We’ve designed this course to improve the standard of language assessment literacy and ESL testing around the world across a broad range of contexts. You’ll become proficient in developing and evaluating language tests which will enhance the day-to-day running of your language program. This will also determine how your students’ progress – and excel.

The Professional Certificate in Language Assessment has been developed to offer a real-world focus on language assessment in educational contexts. What’s distinctive about this course is that in just 6 months you’ll gain the expertise you need to progress your language and ESL testing skills and improve student outcomes.

Who the course is for

This course has been designed for qualified language teachers as well as professionals who deliver language assessment such as:

  • Teachers of second languages
  • Teachers of ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) programs,
  • Teachers of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programs,
  • Teachers of EAL (English as an Additional Language) programs; and
  • Staff in organisations that conduct language testing.

Career outcomes

The Language Testing Research Centre is an international leader in research and development in language assessment and language program evaluation, with international partnerships across the UK, Japan, China, Chile, Hong Long, Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, and the USA.

Graduates of this course will be aligned with the centre’s highly-regarded reputation, attracting opportunities to specialise in the growing field of language assessment. With practical advice from leading experts, you’ll increase your confidence in your current role and gain the skills to deliver high quality assessments.

On successful completion of the Professional Certificate in Language Assessment, you’ll have a broad understanding of how language assessment is used in different contexts and be able to promote best-practice in your current and future workplaces.

What you will learn

Who you will learn from

Your online learning experience is enriched by interaction with lecturers and your fellow classmates. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students.

Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.

  • Assoc Prof Ute Knoch
    Associate Prof Ute Knoch, Associate Professor in Language Assessment Director, Language Testing Research Centre
  • Dr Sally O’Hagan
    Dr Sally O’Hagan, Research Fellow, Language Testing Research Centre
  • Dr Jason Fan
    Dr Jason Fan, Research Fellow, Language Testing Research Centre

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