VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Evaluating a Classroom-based English Language Assessment Plan at a Vietnamese University
Thu Minh Dinh

Building: A12
Room: Room 305
Date: 2018-10-12 10:35 AM – 11:05 AM
Last modified: 2018-09-16


This paper aims at presenting an evaluation of an English language training classroom-based assessment plan for the non-English-majored at a university in Vietnam. This contributes to qualifying the English assessment at this university with an expectation of setting the right purpose and testing the right ability in the industrial revolution 4.0 when English is an indispensable skill in the globalized occupational market. No previous Vietnamese documentation has presented the concerned issue. The qualitative analysis framework is grounded on Bachman & Palmer's (1996) aspects of designing and developing an effective language test, co-occurring with the specific contextual reflection containing the overall assessment plan and the test specification. The assessment purpose initiates the discussion, followed by the assessment procedures, test methods, test instruments, test usefulness, the guideline for scoring and interpreting test-takers' results as well as supports for teachers' teaching and students' learning. All these criteria are critically evaluated in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, from which pedagogical implications can be practically drawn out. The research findings reveal that the assessment plan is made transparent and follows the MOED's guidelines while considering the local features since stiff compliance with the micro policy can lead to severe pitfalls in certain contexts. Test usefulness as its cornerstones in assuring the success of the assessment plan is reported more positively regarding validity and practicality than reliability, authenticity, interactiveness and washback. All aspects are reached but they still demand a more professional and detailed style from more well-qualified testing and assessment experts.


evaluation, language assessment plan, test usefulness