About this course


Communicative Assessment is a short 20-hour online self-access course for busy teachers and examiners of English who are interested in exploring new approaches to assessment and testing. It is a general course suitable for teachers and examiners working in the secondary, tertiary or the private ELT sector.

Part of: Stages 2 and 3 of the CPD framework

Level of English required: B1+

Registration is open until 21 January 2015


Course aims

The course aims are to help participants:

  • identify and use some of the key terminology associated with assessment and testing
  • focus on approaches to assessment and testing within the Communicative Approach to English Language Teaching
  • link assessment theory directly to the design of testing and assessment materials Focus on testing each language skill as well as integrating skills testing.

The course is made up of a minimum of 20 hours of online self-access training comprising ten sections available online.

Course structure

The course requires a minimum of 20 hours' online training to complete and is made up of ten units:

  • Assessment theory
  • Formative assessment
  • Item review
  • Item analysis
  • Test specification
  • Testing reading skills
  • Testing writing skills
  • Testing listening skills
  • Testing speaking skills
  • Testing integrated skills

Each section contains reading tasks, exercises, reflective tasks and assessment activities to try out in participants’ own contexts. Some sections also contain questionnaires and audio recordings.


In order to complete the course, participants are required to:

• access and read all the documents and resources for each section

• successfully complete the exercises and questionnaires in each section.


Participants completing the course successfully will receive a certificate of completion.

Calendar and pricing

Registration is open until 21 January 2015

Registration fee: RON 325

The course will run between 9 February - 3 May 2015