Literature suggests that there are three main purposes for assessment in education: accountability, improve learning, and provide a tool for measuring learning. The ELP views assessment as being representative of the quality of student learning outcome, instructor effectiveness, and overall program quality. Therefore, assessment / evaluation are done in all of these areas throughout the academic year.
Student assessment is done using forms such as direct, indirect, formative, summative, norm- and criterion-based assessment tools. By using a variety of assessment tools, the ELP can gather both qualitative and quantitative data.
Placement tests are administered at the beginning of each term to determine the appropriate level of instruction for each student. Students’ language abilities are closely monitored during the first two weeks of class to determine if they have been accurately placed. Throughout the term, students’ progress is measured at regular intervals through graded assignments, unit tests, and faculty observation. Standardized exams, in the form of a post test, are given at the end of each term to measure overall change in proficiency.
Students’ language development in reading, vocabulary, writing, grammar, listening, and speaking is assessed in relation to the teaching objectives and student learning outcomes. Standardized progress reports are distributed at mid-term and at the end of the term.
In addition to student assessment, instructors and courses are evaluated at the end of each term through evaluation questionnaires and observations. Students are given a course evaluation during the last week of the term. These evaluation forms are comprehensive and confidential. Students are asked to rank their level of agreement in the areas of: policies, instructional material, instructor competence, and self-evaluation. The information gleaned from these evaluations is taken into consideration when modifying the curriculum and instructional material and practices. With these methods in place, the program remains dynamic and adapts to fulfill its mission and philosophy.