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An analysis of two evaluative models for a university MA English for Communication course

Choosing the most appropriate evaluation model for a university course can be a challenging task. This paper builds a RUFDATA framework to enable the presentation, analysis, application and comparison of applied Developmental Evaluation and Utilisation-focused evaluation models to a French university language course. A tailored integrated model is detailed, which embraces the suitable aspects of both models and utilises a business digital evaluation tool to increase the efficiency of the given teaching context. The conclusion highlights the need for personalised solutions to every course evaluation and provides an example for other teachers on which to base their own evaluation solution decision.

KEYWORDS: evaluation, language testing, RUFDATA, developmental evaluation, Utilisation-focused Evaluation, communication course

Phillip Wade. Has been involved in ELT for over 17 years as a teacher, trainer, coach, examiner and materials writer. Has self-published over 20 e-books, including the newly co-written the Prepping Clients For series and the award-winning Presentation Lesson Hacks. Currently completing a PhD in Higher Education at Lancaster University and developing a range of BA and adult courses at the Université de La Réunion, where he is also involved in testing.


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