Course Description

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.

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Recognize the principles related to aspects of test design.
  • Appreciate the various testing techniques and considerations relating to their design for language skills and systems.
  • Reflect on alternative methods of assessment for the ESL classroom.
  • Examine issues related to selecting and adapting classroom materials.
  • Develop their own classroom materials.

Supporting Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Use terminology related to the principles of assessment and testing.
  • Analyze existing tests and make appropriate adaptations based on the principles of effective testing.
  • Discuss issues related to the principles of assessment and material development with colleagues in the field of ESL.


Formerly TSL 125 - Assessment and Material Development


Completion of TSL Level 1 - TESL courses or TSL Level 1 - TIHL courses.

TSL 108 Linguistic Structures AND
TSL 120 TSL Fundamentals (formerly TSL 127) AND
TSL 131 Teaching Reading, Writing and Grammar - ESL (formerly TSL 121) AND
TSL 132 Teaching Speaking and Listening - ESL (formerly TSL 122)


TSL 108 Linguistic Structures AND
TSL 120 TSL Fundamentals (formerly TSL 127) AND
TSL 133 Teaching Reading, Writing and Grammar - IHL (formerly TSL 128) AND
TSL 134 Teaching Speaking and Listening - IHL (formerly TSL 129)

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)

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Mar 01, 2022 to Apr 25, 2022
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $575.00
Potential Price Adjustments
Reading List / Textbook
Title: Learning Teaching: The Essential Guide to English Language
Edition: 3rd
Authors: Scrivener
Publisher: MacMillan ELT
ISBN: 978-0230729841


Title: Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy
Edition: 4th
Authors: Brown, Lee
Publisher: Pearson ESL
ISBN: 978-0133925852

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Section Notes

Prerequisite: TSL Level 1 courses.

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L.
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Receive a discount of 5% per course by registering at the same time for three or more TSL courses. Offer valid for the current academic year.

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