KOPS1005 Language assessment (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024



The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the basic theoretical principles of language assessment and how to design and critically evaluate their own and others’ assessment plans and instruments.

Completion methods

Lectures, readings, pair and group work, practical exercises, preparation of concrete assessment plans

Assessment details

Practical exercises, attendance to lectures and group work

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student
• understands the different purposes of assessment and how the purpose relates to quality
• is aware of the key theoretical principles of assessment and the factors affecting the quality of assessments
• can evaluate the quality and appropriateness for the learners of his/her own assessments and the assessment procedures and instruments obtained from elsewhere (e.g. from textbooks)
• is familiar with different approaches to assessment and the characteristics of assessing different aspects of language
• is familiar with the most commonly used approaches to evaluating the quality of assessments and tests

Description of prerequisites

For APPLANG students
- SOKS105 Introduction to Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society
- SOKS1006 Key themes and questions in applied language studies

Study materials


Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish