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					LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT IN
   HIGHER EDUCATION
      INSTITUTIONS
   Professor Barry O’Sullivan
        British Council
              Overview

•   The Assessment Approach
•   Uniqueness of HE Assessment Issues
•   Standards
•   Solutions
Devising an Approach

  • Language Model
  • Validation Model
  • Development Model
             Language Model

• Applied Linguistics
  Theory
• Experience of Staff
• CEFR
• Understanding &
  knowing the context
                              +
                         University Texts
     Validation Model


The Test Task     The Test Taker




                The Scoring System
  Development Model

  Planning



   Design



Development      Monitoring



Administration



  Evaluation
     HE Assessment Issues


•   Populations
•   Expectations
•   Delivery
•   Validation
                      Populations

• Within Institution
   – Language level
   – Major
   – Motivation


• Between Institutions
   – Above + philosophy
                     Expectations
• Inter Faculty
   – Language skills
   – Language usage
   – Communication and
     delivery styles


• Inter Institution
   – Institutional focus (e.g.
     liberal arts, business)
   – Societal status
                  Delivery


•   Security
•   Physical Conditions
•   Equivalence
•   Technology
•   Control
            Validation

• Appropriateness to population
• The test reflects the language model
• The scoring system is appropriate
  and it works
       Setting Standards

• Identify a reporting system
• Decide on institutional level(s)
• Decide on range of test (in terms of
  levels)
• Undertake formal standard setting
         Typical Problems

•   Scoping project not undertaken
•   Team building (size; training)
•   Project not sufficiently resourced
•   Unrealistic time frame
•   Lack of total commitment
            Conclusions

• Major Undertaking (but achievable)
• Must be underpinned by institution/sector
  focused research
• Must be sufficiently resourced
• Long term sustainability must be
  considered

				
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