Evaluating Strategies for Language Development

Because of the complex nature of English language assessment and development, no single evaluation is likely to provide a sufficiently detailed picture of any given approach or strategy. Institutions are likely to require an overarching evaluation strategy which will incorporate a number of different evaluation instruments.

In designing an evaluation, it is important to take into account the:

  • Goal or purpose of the evaluation (e.g. measuring effectiveness or improving strategy)
  • Concept to be evaluated (e.g. student grades, language development, teaching quality)
  • Source of data for the evaluation (e.g. students, staff)
  • Method of evaluating (e.g. student surveys, focus groups, analysis of databases).


Visit the Good Practice pages for examples relating to evaluation of English language assessment and development.

Download this list of some of the different types of evaluation that have been used in Australian universities to evaluate activities relating to English language assessment or development.