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Manka M. Varghese
ENGL 576
Seattle Campus

Testing and Evaluation in English as a Second Language

Evaluation and testing of English language proficiency, including testing theory, types of tests, and teacher-prepared classroom tests. Prerequisite: ENGL 571 and ENGL 572 or permission of instructor.

Class description

ENGL 576 Testing and evaluation in ESL (cross-listed for 3 credits for College of Education students as EDC&I 494 Workshop in Improvement of Curriculum: Assessment of the LEP student)

This course examines different forms of testing and assessment (standardized and authentic) instruments used for English language learners in schools and higher education. Considerable emphasis will be placed on theoretical considerations that need to be made in the testing and assessment process. The course will particularly address how assessment can be used to strengthen teaching and learning environments by having participants engage in different hands-on activities and projects. The major project for this course will be the creation of a portfolio, part of which will be a project either in an adult or K-12 ESL setting. (Tuesdays, 4.30-7.00; Thursdays, 4.30-6.00 (times for Thursday class, subject to change) ). Room: Denny 213. Credits: 5

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will be a combination of a lecture and discussion. A large part of the course will be student involvement in real-life projects.

Recommended preparation

Students should have a basic background in second language acquisition and second language methods.

Class assignments and grading

The course is built around the creation of a portfolio. The different parts of the portfolio could include a self-reflection piece, a journal response section, and the creation and evaluation of a project.

Grades based on rubric for portfolio.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Manka M. Varghese
Date: 01/30/2002