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Welcome to NILE’s MA in Professional Development for Language Education
NILE’S MA in Professional Development for Language Education (MAPDLE), validated by the University of Chichester, is a flexibly delivered, modular postgraduate programme for professionals involved in ELT, or in other sectors of language education, who wish to develop their specialist skills and build a top-flight career.
It is a comprehensive Master’s programme, providing in-depth and state-of-the-art coverage of the key areas of language education, whilst also providing an extensive choice of specialist elective modules to help you develop within your own particular areas of interest.
MA Elective Module - Testing, Evaluation and Assessment (MATEA)
This module carries 30 credits
This module will raise your awareness of key principles in language evaluation. You will look at the full range of formative and summative purposes of testing and assessment in language education and apply them to test design, construction and evaluation, being able to critically evaluate institutional, national and international language examinations. You will create specifically designed tests for relevant institutional contexts and familiarise yourself with new perspectives in testing and assessment. Finally, you will develop pathways into TEA research.
This course will cover some or all of the following aspects:
- Key issues in evaluation in language education
- Principles of language test design and construction
- Historical and current perspectives on language testing and assessment
- Testing and assessment in the context of communicative approaches
- Key aspects of validity and reliability
- Practical issues in test design and construction
- Quantitative issues: item analysis and test analysis
- Testing and assessing grammar and vocabulary
- Testing and assessing communicative skills
- Critical review of test types and assessment procedures
- New trends in language assessment
This course will extend the participants' understanding and critical awareness of:
- The key principles of evaluation in language education
- The full range of formative and summative purposes of testing and assessment in language education
- How to apply the key principles of language test design, construction and evaluation, including developing detailed specifications
- How to create tests designed specifically for relevant institutional contexts
- New perspectives in testing and assessment, including a variety of ‘authentic’/’alternative’ assessment procedures, including self-assessment, peer assessment and portfolio assessment
- How to evaluate institutional, national and international language examinations
- How to use basic item analysis and test analysis
- How to develop possible pathways into research in ‘TEA’
A portfolio (50%) containing TWO out of the following three options:
1. A critical review of a test or exam of significance in the candidate’s professional context.
2. An INSET session or sessions for a group of colleagues, dealing with an aspect of TEA covered during the course and of relevance to their needs.
3. A test or assessment procedure designed to meet a significant need in the candidate’s workplace
A main assignment of around 3,000 words (50%), developing further an area covered in the course which is of particular interest to the participant and/or of special relevance to the participant's workplace/professional context.