Language & Literacy Assessment – Speaking (ULI8012)

Designing high-quality assessment instruments

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Starting 01 Mar 2021

Language & Literacy Assessment – Speaking

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High-quality assessment instruments are integral to both educators and students.

This minicourse illustrates how to construct an effective testing instrument for speaking assessment. You will evaluate existing theories and industry best practice, and develop your own assessment instrument. You will then be asked to justify your design decisions.

About the course

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Justify your design decisions for the developed assessment instrument according to key theories and principles
  • Apply specialised skills in assessment design and process to create high-quality assessment instruments
  • Analyse how your design specifications respond to complex factors, including unintended consequences.

What topics will you cover?

  • Test administrative guidelines
  • What is speaking?
  • Authenticity, interactiveness and practicality in assessment
  • Assessment as a tool for learning


To be eligible for a digital badge for this minicourse, you will need to successfully complete an assessment which includes Administrative Guidelines and evaluation.

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1 March 2021
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21 June 2021
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16 August 2021
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11 October 2021
Start date: 11 Oct 2021

University level expertise

Darren Dickson has worked for many years as a trainer of multicultural teams with a focus on ESL/EFL and LOTE. He has more recently worked in an academic role at USQ leading post-graduate courses on language and literacy assessment and language program

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