Course overview

Full-time duration Part-time duration Total course fee*
N/A 6 months A$6,168

*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 language classroom, teachers need a firm understanding of the role that assessment and evaluation has on the learning outcomes of their students.

Whether you are responsible for developing assessments, ongoing assessment of learners or monitoring the success of language programs, an understanding of the theoretical and practical issues in this field will help inform the decisions you are required to make.

With the growing need for accessible, affordable and flexibly-delivered courses in language assessment and testing, the Professional Certificate in Language Assessment will help you provide high quality testing with reliable results.

Developed by the Language Testing Research Centre, this is one of the few courses available online that specialises in language assessment training.

Course aims

We’ve designed this course to improve the standard of language assessment literacy around the world across a broad range of contexts. You will develop a specific set of skills required to deliver and assess language tests and enhance the day-to-day running of your language program to improve your student’s 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
    • ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) programs
    • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programs
    • EAL (English as an Additional Language) programs
  • Staff in organisations that conduct language testing

Career outcomes

Whether you’re a language teacher looking to gain the confidence to deliver high quality assessments or someone who wants to specialise in this growing field, a qualification in language assessment can help you get there.

As a graduate of this course, you will 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. You will be able to think critically and creatively and become adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies. More importantly, you will be able to improve the outcomes of your students with advanced skills in setting meaningful assessments.

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
    Assoc 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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You can talk with a dedicated online student support consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page or connect through by phone. Alternatively, click on the Enquire Now tab below and fill out the form to find out about key details relating to this program, including:

  • Entry requirements
  • Time commitment required for each subject
  • Fees and payment options.

Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149
Email: study-online@unimelb.edu.au
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