Analyze classroom assessment strategies, processes, issues and trends in the assessment of student language learning. Perspectives of assessment from learner, teacher, standardized tests and workplace needs will be addressed, as will the functions of formative and summative assessment. The role of assessment in learner motivation, accountability, and communication of learner ability will be addressed with reference to participants' real classroom experiences. Gain a working knowledge of large-scale, standardized language tests. Then focus on key criteria used in assessing and selecting materials. Familiarize yourself with the main types of materials currently available, and examine the range of teaching possibilities with these materials. Finally, experiment with developing your own materials to meet second language classroom needs.