Language Assessment in the French as a Second/Additional Language Classroom

LLED 422 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • A summary of a research article on assessment
  • Assessment of grammar
  • Participation weekly by answering directed questions, commenting on on-line discussions and preparing assigned reading
  • Assessment of listening, speaking, reading and writing


This online course is taught entirely in French.  This is not a course for beginners of French.

Prerequisite:  A completed concentration or major in French or permission of Department Head.

This online course is designed to give educators an opportunity to both confirm and extend their learning with regard to second language assessment practices. In addition, the goal of this course is to further knowledge in developing effective and fair assessment practices due to the significant impact it has on student learning. This course will provide a framework for thinking about the purposes of classroom assessment (assessment as, for and of learning), and for creating and implementing changes to assessment practices that are consistent with enhancing learning for all students. It will also provide educators with starting points for reflection and discussion based on recent assessment research. The course is premised on the belief that assessment has various purposes and that it is important to design and use classroom assessment methods to serve the intended purposes. Educators will study various guiding principles of second language assessment and will explore ways to put theory into practice. Several assessment methods will be presented which educators will be able to implement in their respective classrooms.


Students will:

  1. Understand why assessment is the foreground of educational initiatives.
  2. Discuss the evolution of assessment, its challenges and the importance for educators to understand the changes in second language assessment and the implications of those changes in evaluation practices.
  3. Learn the elements of language abilities according to Bachman and Palmer (2010).
  4. Discuss the concept of test usefulness (according to Bachman and Palmer, 1996) depending on the goal and context of second language assessment.
  5. Familiarize themselves with the principles which guide second language assessment practices according to three essential objectives to develop and implement assessment tools in the classroom: assessment for learning, assessment as learning, and assessment of learning).
  6. Familiarize themselves with second language tests according to their level of reliability, validity, authenticity, interaction, impact (washback) and practicality.
  7. Learn the stages and conceptual bases in the development of second language proficiency tests in relation to listening, oral, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary skills.
  8. Learn to evaluate second language tests according to the level of reliability, validity, authenticity, interaction, impact (washback) and practicality based on Bachman and Palmer’s (1996) conceptual view.
  9. Explore alternative methods of second language assessment and communication used in research and in the classroom such as the oral interview, portfolio, journal, conference, observation, peer evaluation and self-evaluation, and use of computers.
  10. Explore various methods of data collection of assessment to help classroom teaching.


Call the UBC Bookstore to order: 604.822.2665, or toll-free in North America: 1.800.661.3889 or

Order online:

  • Brown, H. Douglas and Abeywickrama, Priyanvada. Language Assessment Principles and Classroom Practices Second Edition. White Plains, NY: Pearson Education, 2010. ISBN: 9780138149314
  • Davies, Anne. L’évaluation en cours d’apprentissage. (2nd ed.).  Montréal, Canada: Chenelière Éducation, 2007. ISBN: 9782765018001


This is an online course offered on Canvas – Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.


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Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122

Latest Revision on: October 26, 2018