LING535: Second Language Testing (Spring 2014)
EW 313; W 5:55-8:35pm
Course website: http://thiscourse.com/ccsu/ling535/sp14/
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The TESOL Graduate Student Association of Central Connecticut State University
cordially invites you to attend a special event on
Friday, April 4, 2014, 5:30 pm
Room 105, Vance Academic Center
Dr. Lydia White
James McGill Professor of Linguistics
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Linguistic Theory: Implications and Applications
The aim of much generative L2 research has been to reach an understanding of the roles of Universal Grammar (UG) and the mother tongue (L1) in the acquisition of second languages. Recently, there has been a revival of interest in potential applications of such findings. I will present an overview of research, past and present, which explores how linguistic approaches to language acquisition and linguistic theory may offer insights for classroom teaching, as well as for bilingual acquisition in cases of language impairment.
Short Bio: Lydia White is James McGill Professor of Linguistics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is currently Associate Provost (Policies, Procedures and Equity) at McGill. Lydia White has a BA/MA in Moral Sciences and Psychology from Cambridge University (1969), and a PhD in Linguistics from McGill (1980). She is Co-Editor of the book series Language Acquisition and Language Disorders (published by John Benjamins) and she is on the Editorial Boards of the following journals: Language Acquisition, Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, Second Language Research.
The lecture is open to the public. ASL-English interpreters provided
Elena 'Helen' Koulidobrova (Professor)
Office Hours: M-R 9-12 and by appointment in FD 208-12
I am available for both live and Skype appointments.
This course aims to provide language teachers of non-native users of English with essential background in the area of language testing, specifically in second language testing. Questions that are addressed relate to test preparation, administration, and evaluation. Additionally, it provides students with knowledge of basic concepts of testing and characteristics of language tests, ability to evaluate tests and test results, and an understanding of test development procedures. Throughout the course there will be discussions of officially administered tests and their ramifications for the educational system.
- Other readings will be uploaded, typically on Friday. Watch the website.
Articles on language testing appear regularly in the primary journals in the field. One journal, Language Testing, is devoted exclusively to reports of test development and research projects. Another source of information include:
http://www.tesol.org (tesol resource center for sample assessment; need to be a member)
A number of additional papers can be found in the 'Documents' section. I may assign something out of this during the semester; in that case, I expect you to read them. Take a look any way.
Course Details and Policies
2. Chairing the discussion:20%
3. [Test + paper] x 2: 40% (20% each) = a part of a portfolio
1. This course is a graduate seminar. This means that everyone is expected to read all the assigned materials; the majority of the time will be devoted to discussion. You are expected to contribute to the discussion every time we meet. If you find it difficult to formulate questions on the spot, then I recommend you to prepare 2 or 3 before you come in.
2. At least once, you will lead a discussion on the assigned readings corresponding to a particular topic/chapter.