Assessment for Second/Foreign Language Teaching


Best practices in creating and evaluating assessments for language classes.

The primary objective of this course is the development of language teachers’ assessment literacy, which includes knowledge of key assessment principles, and skill in creating or adopting assessment tools and procedures for the language classroom. Participants in this course will develop their knowledge and skills related to assessing all skill areas in the language classroom, including the productive skills (writing, speaking), receptive skills (reading, listening), as well as assessing grammar and vocabulary. Designed specifically for in-service (and pre-service) language teachers, the course combines theory with practice by covering essential principles of effective classroom assessment, as well as the development of effective assessment tools for classroom use.  Participants completing this course will become more assessment literate and better able to evaluate student performance in their classrooms fairly and effectively.


$595 tuition + $30 application fee + $20 technology fee 


Upon successful completion of this course, trainees will be able to:

  • Define assessment literacy, and identify some of the issues and challenges related to being an assessment literate language teacher
  • Compare the different functions and types of assessment
  • Describe the different types of tasks that could be included on a paper test and their advantages/disadvantages
  • Identify the major principles of language assessment (i.e. validity, reliability, etc.), and apply them to assess the effectiveness of teacher-made tests
  • Develop a language test based on these major assessment principles

Next courses, dates, and deadlines

March 20 - May 11, 2017
(Application deadline: March 10)


All applicants should:​

  • Have at least two years of language teaching experience or the 100-hour or the 120-hour TEFL certificate.
  • Have at least an Associate of Arts degree or international equivalent or 2 years of college-level coursework completed.
  • Be willing to work collaboratively.
  • Have access to a reliable internet connection.
  • Students with a degree in Applied Linguistics/English, TESOL, TEFL or related fields will be reviewed for appropriate placement and may be counseled out of CESL.
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