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Manka M. Varghese
EDC&I 494
Seattle Campus

Workshop in Improvement of Curriculum

Stresses the application of procedures for curriculum development, maintenance, and evaluation. Opportunities furnished to develop and perfect strategies for program development with occasions given to utilize the strategies in master plan and materials preparation for simulated or real school situations. Specific focus of workshop is determined by instructor or by arrangement with district.

Class description

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

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This class will be a mixture of a lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

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

Class assignments and grading

The major project will be the creation of a portfolio. The portfolio may include student reflection, journal responses, and the creation and evaluation of a real-life project.

Grades based on rubric created 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