Second Language Assessment

CIED 5953 section 907

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Course Description

One of the four courses leading to an endorsement in Arkansas for teaching ESL (English as a second language). This course gives an overview of the different facets involved in the assessment and evaluation of second language learners, particularly ESL learners.

Course Textbooks

Contact Information

- Instructor: Haraa Al-Zoin, M.Ed., Ph.D. Student & CIED Graduate Assistant

- Office: Peabody 109

- Email:

- Office Hours: By Appointment


To introduce the basics in methods of testing, assessing, and evaluating second language learners for placement, proficiency, diagnosis and academic performance.


· Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify, discuss and apply:

· Various methods and techniques for evaluating the academic performance of second language learners in the four modalities: listening, reading comprehension, speaking and writing.

· Commercial tests for evaluating the proficiency for English Language Learners (ELLs).

· Various principles and guidelines for developing tests, exams, and alternatives for assessing second language performance in the classroom.

· Various methods and techniques for assessing the cultural knowledge and competency of second language learners.

· Test construction for assessing/evaluating different communicative skills and cultural knowledge and behaviors for performance purposes.

· Selection of appropriate tests for assessing and evaluating communicative capabilities and cognition for placement purposes.

Assignments submissions & deadlines

All assignments must be submitted by the deadline listed for each assignment. Any unexcused delay will result in 5% deduction from the overall assignment grade per each delay day. For instance, an assignment that worth 20 points and is submitted 48 hours after the deadline will result in a total deduction of 2 points deduction.

Grading scale

A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79

D 60-69

F below 59


I strongly encourage students to go to the writing center for help with their papers. The writing center is not just for freshman, international students, or "weak" writers--it is for everyone.

Course Assignments

1. Reflection Paper for Herrera’s Book Reading:

There are eight reflection papers during the semester. Each reflection paper worth 10 points. For more details about this assignment, please check the content section of Blackboard.

2. Video Recording Reflection on Brown’s Book Reading:

There are six video recording reflection during the semester. Each one worth 10 points. For more details about this assignment, please check the content section of Blackboard.

3. Field Experience: Tutoring Journal Assignment:

There are four tutoring journal assignments during the semester. Each one worth 15 points. For more details about this assignment, please check the content section of Blackboard.

Due: Feb 16, Mar 01, Apr 07, Apr 19.

4. EDOK: Expert Distiller of Knowledge:

There are Two EDOK assignments during the semester. Each one worth 20 points. For more details about this assignment, please check the content section of Blackboard.

Due: Feb 11, Mar 15.

5. Article Critique:

There are Two article critique assignments during the semester. Each one worth 20 points. For more details about this assignment, please check the content section of Blackboard.

Due: Feb 25, Apr 21.

6. Quizzes:

You will have two quizzes though the course. Each one worth 15 points. The main purpose of the quizzes is to strengthen your ability to connect assessment procedures to your teaching objectives.

Due: Feb 09, Apr 05.

7. Professional Conference Webinar or Video Presentation Discussion:

This assignment worth 30 points. For more details about this assignment, please check the content section of Blackboard.

Due: Mar 29.

8. Final Project:

This assignment worth 120 points. For more details about this assignment, please check the content section of Blackboard.

Due: May 03

9. Discussion and participation are highly valued in my class and it worth 40 points. Students are expected to participate in all Blackboard discussions.

Recommended YouTube Videos

Language Assessment: Concepts and Issues
Language Assessment: Designing a Language Test
Language Assessment Principles

Inclement Weather Policy

  • When the inclement weather policy is in effect, faculty members may, at their discretion, cancel their classes. Faculty is asked to communicate individual inclement weather procedures to their students in instances where the University remains open, and when weather may affect travel to campus.
  • If the University is closed due to hazardous weather, then classes are automatically cancelled. The only time nobody is expected to show up on campus is when the University of Arkansas is closed due to severe winter.
  • Students should attempt to make it to class except when doing so could endanger them.
  • Faculty, staff and students can contact the following 2 places for the most current and information regarding notification about the inclement weather policy, closings, or cancellation of class.

  1. The University of Arkansas Weather Hotline (479) 575-7000 - a recorded message giving explicit information about inclement weather will be updated by 6 a.m. on the day in question. Students are encouraged to use the Weather Hotline for information about possible delays and University closings.
  2. The University of Arkansas home page- for updated notices regarding closings and changes in bus routes.

Copyright Policy

The materials used in this course may include copyright protected materials provided for the personal educational use of the enrolled students and may not be further redistributed, copied, or sold. Any unauthorized use or distribution of the class materials via the web or any other method will lead to legal consequences.

Emergency Procedures

Many types of emergencies can occur on campus; instructions for specific emergencies such as severe weather, active shooter, or fire can be found at

A. Severe Weather (Tornado Warning):

- Follow the directions of the instructor or emergency personnel

- Seek shelter in the basement or interior room or hallway on the lowest floor, putting as many walls as possible between you and the outside

- If you are in a multi-story building, and you cannot get to the lowest floor, pick a hallway in the center of the building

- Stay in the center of the room, away from exterior walls, windows, and doors

B. Violence / Active Shooter (CADD):

- CALL- 9-1-1

- AVOID- If possible, self-evacuate to a safe area outside the building. Follow directions of police officers.

- DENY- Barricade the door with desk, chairs, bookcases or any items. Move to a place inside the room where you are not visible. Turn off the lights and remain quiet. Remain there until told by police it’s safe.

- DEFEND- Use chairs, desks, cell phones or whatever is immediately available to distract and/or defend yourself and others from attack.

Statement Of Academic Honesty

  • The Academic Honesty Policy is in effect. Please refer to the Academic Regulations section of your catalog of studies for your calendar year.
  • Definition: Academic dishonesty involves acts that may subvert or compromise the integrity of the educational process at the University of Arkansas. Included is an act by which a student gains or attempts to gain an academic advantage for him or herself or another by misrepresenting his or her or another’s work. Cheating on exams, collaboration with others on assignments when instructed to work independently, and plagiarism (i.e. submitting, as one’s own original work, the ideas, words, or works of others) are serious offenses not tolerated by the UA Administration or Community.
  • Refer to the catalog of studies for a description of specific acts of academic dishonesty that would require the instructor for the course to seek action. These policies will be strictly enforced.
  • If you were to be involved in a cheating attempt/action, you will be dismissed from that exam, you will be given zero for that particular exam and you will be reported to the department of Biological Sciences. Violations of Academic Policy and Grade Sanctions are reported to the Associate Dean of Students/Office of Community Standards in Student Ethics/ADMN 325/575-5170/


I reserve the right to make changes to this syllabus as necessary.

Class Schedule

For class schedule, please check the content section of Blackboard.

Wish you a great and successful semester! GO HOGS!!

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