Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization
Regional Language CentreCentre of Choice

Advanced Specialist Certificate (I) in Language Assessment
20 Mar - 6 Apr 2018

Course Overview


  • This course is specifically designed for language instructors and assessors who are interested in understanding and applying both assessment for learning (AfL) and assessment of learning (AoL) within the context of their respective institution’s English language syllabuses or courses. It will raise their awareness and appreciation of how AfL complements AoL in language assessment.
  • In AfL, course participants will be given ample hands-on opportunities to demonstrate how AfL is integrated into everyday English lessons, informing teachers as well as learners of the learning development and process. The key approaches towards implementing such formative assessment involve relooking at the role of the teacher-as-assessor, the nature of effective feedback, and how to create a classroom culture of learner autonomy and collaboration. Issues pertaining to school-based assessment that supports high-quality learning will also be discussed.
  • In AoL, course participants will be provided with an overview of the principles of summative language testing. They will be taught how to develop test specifications within the context of an English syllabus. They will also be guided to assess summatively the receptive and productive language skills.


3 weeks (39 hours)


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key concepts, principles and practices of language assessment of learning and for learning;
  • Identify and design test specifications for AfL and AoL in alignment with specific language syllabuses/courses;
  • Construct reliable, valid and practical types and modes of AfL and AoL ;
  • Analyse, interpret and use data from and results of AfL to provide informed and constructive feedback to help improve students’ language learning; and
  • Evaluate and appraise both AfL and AoL that are currently used in their institution.


  1. Assessment of Learning
  2. Assessment for Learning


Lectures, task-based workshops, discussions of prescribed readings, and evaluative analysis conducted at RELC. 

Course Requirements

To complete the course successfully, a candidate must:

a)    Satisfy class attendance requirements;

b)    Attain a satisfactory standard in required course work; and

c)    Complete all assignments and an exam.

A course participant whose progress has not been satisfactory may be required to terminate his/her candidature. 

Course Award

The course will lead to the award of an Advanced Specialist Certificate (I) in Language Assessment.

Entry Requirements

The requirements for admission to the course are:

a)    An approved bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualifications) in Linguistics, English Language, TESOL or Education;

b)    At least two years of full-time English language teaching experience or experience in English language/curriculum planning and language development programmes; and 

c)    Candidates must meet the minimum language scores for any of the following:

  • IELTS:      6.5;
  • TOEFL:    550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based;
  • GCE O Level English:  B3 and above;
  • GCE A Level General Paper:  C6 and above; or 
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE):  C and above
  • SPM 1119 English: B and above (GPK/PNG 3.00 and above)/Kepujian Tinggi and above
  • STPM General Paper/English Literature: B- and above (CGPA/HGMP 2.67 and above)
  • Malaysian University English test (MUET): Band 4 and above
  • CU TEP with a score of 65 (equivalent to IELTS 6.5) and above
  • APTIS (all four macro skills) B2 and above

Without meeting any of the above, applicants are required to pass the RELC English selection test.

Course Fees

a) Fee components 


Amount (in Singapore dollars)

Registration fee

$64.20 (inclusive of GST)

Tuition fee

$1,300.00 (inclusive of GST)


Students from outside Singapore are advised to subscribe to the Group Health Insurance Scheme at S$53.50 per month (inclusive of GST), as medical costs in the event of illness can be very high. 


  • All fees are subject to change without notice; 
  • RELC does not accept any responsibility for accidents on journeys to and from Singapore or in Singapore, or for the loss of baggage and other personal belongings in transit or in Singapore;
  • RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air, travel and personal accident insurance for students; and
  • Students are expected to incur additional costs for miscellaneous learning materials.

b)    Payment of fees

  • The Registration Fee must be submitted together with the Application Form and supporting documents;
  • Fees are payable before the commencement of the course;
  • Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre; and
  • An administration fee of S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) will be imposed for cheques which are dishonoured.

c)    Refund policy

  • The registration fee is strictly non-refundable; 
  • Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing; 
  • An Administration Fee of S$160.50 (inclusive of GST) will be payable if the notice of cancellation / withdrawal is made less than 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment is received;
  • Full course fees paid is non-refundable if the notice cancellation / withdrawal is made after 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment was received; and
  • Withdrawals after the course has commenced will not be eligible for refund.


1. Application can be done online or through paper-based. We encourage applications to be done via our online application system.

2. Please submit the following documents for your application:

Application Form A238 (completed and endorsed)

Medical Examination Form A228 (For overseas applicant only)

A copy of  your certificates of degrees/diplomas, certified by your institution

A copy of  your transcripts, certified by your institution.  Where a transcript is in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by a certified translation into English.  (In the absence of a transcript, a certified statement on the degrees/academic qualifications achieved with a listing of subjects studied and subject examination results is required.)

Reference letters (The two reference letters can be from an academic staff who has supervised you or a current/previous employer.)

A copy of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL results certified by your institution (for applicants from non-English medium education systems)

 3. For online application: To use the Online Application System you will need the following:

  •  an email address which you can access regularly, because as soon as you submit your online application, this email address will be the point of correspondence
  • soft copies of the reuired documents as they would need to be uploaded into the system. Please refer to above checklist for reference

Click here to apply online

4. For paper-based application: If you are unable to apply online, you may submit the hard copies of the required documents to the address below. Two copies of the required documents must be submitted to RELC via:

(1)   Email

: ; and


(2)   Registered mail


Scholarship & Chinese Language Division
SEAMEO Regional Language Centre (RELC)
30 Orange Grove Road 
Singapore 258352
Republic of Singapore

Closing Date

The closing date for application is 16 February 2018.