A New Challenge

Testing the Video Course

  • Malcolm J. Benson
  • Valerie A. Benson


This paper offers some preliminary thoughts on the testing of
video courses, including a review of the literature and an examination
of the research on the subject. The unique characteristics of
video courses suggest that different language learning outcomes may
be expected, which means that creating appropriate tests is therefore
a new challenge for language teachers. The paper lists subtest
types, and gives an example of a test used by the authors. Based on
this experience, a number of guidelines are offered regarding the
creation of appropriate tests, and a direction for future research in
the area is suggested.