Language Teaching Course Design and Assessment - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Assessment - Exercise (40%) , Report (60%)

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit enables students to reflect on personal practice in the light of emerging and diverging approaches to syllabus design and evaluation in language teaching.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. reflect on personal practices and examine contemporary approaches to syllabus design and evaluation in language teaching
  2. integrate knowledge of curricula in planning, teaching and evaluating courses and materials, and assessing language ability
  3. analyse and interpret courses, materials and test items
  4. evaluate and adapt learning materials and evaluation procedures so as to be educationally, culturally and socially appropriate.
  • Assessment — Exercise (40%)
  • Report (60%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Email address, Admission to Degree

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Syllabus and Course Design Overview
2Assessment Overview: Terminology and contemporary approaches
3Product and Process syllabus types
4Approaches to materials design in a digital age
5Impact and backwash in assessment
6Defining course objectives and selecting and grading content
7Needs analysis in course design
8Validity and Reliability
9Practicality, Authenticity and Interactiveness in assessment
10Preparing learners for external tests
11Emerging and diverging approaches to assessment
12Unit Review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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