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Learner Assessment

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Overview of Learner Assessment

Appropriate learner assessment can make a great difference in what learners learn, how quickly and how well they learn, and ultimately how successful they are in cross-cultural living and ministry.

In 15 sessions (2 hours each) over five weeks, participants will

  • understand the many benefits of good learner assessment
  • learn basic assessment principles and concepts
  • explore a variety of assessment types
  • evaluate their current assessment procedures
  • design assessment instruments that are appropriate for their learning situations

 In each session, there will be one or more videos (usually narrated PowerPoint presentations), short readings, forums and/or application questions to be submitted for feedback, and resources for further exploration. Participants interact frequently with the instructors and with each other.

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Partial list of topics

  • What is learner assessment?
  • Benefits of good assessment
  • Principles of effective assessment
  • Foundational concepts in assessment
  • Building assessments upon clear goals and objectives
  • Understanding proficiency guidelines and their role in assessment
  • Oral proficiency assessment
  • Integrated performance assessment
  • Assessing specific components and skills: listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, sociocultural competence
  • Using portfolios and self-assessment checklists
  • Developing a learner assessment plan
  • Revising your assessment procedures
  • Designing a variety of assessment types
  • Making sound decisions based on assessment results
  • Preparing learners for assessment
  • Training native-speaker raters


This is the third in a series of online courses for language coaches and is available only to those who have taken our online ICCT Foundations of Language Coaching class.

Printable pdf version of ICCT Language Coach Course Info.


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Have questions about our Language Coach Courses? Check out our FAQs page.

You can also email us at icct.@wheaoton.edu.