Alignment between Course Learning Outcomes and Assessments: An Analysis within Linguistic Programs at a University in Vietnam




Alignment, learning outcomes, assessment, linguistic programs


Internationally, the trend of student-centered learning in higher education has emphasized the importance of aligning student learning outcomes with corresponding assessment methods. This study is conducted at a university in Vietnam by investigating 32 sets of syllabi and test specifications varied from English Language programs to English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) courses. The findings reveal that a lack of precision in verb usage within learning outcomes can introduce ambiguity, potentially hindering the effectiveness of both teaching and assessment. The study also highlights the significance of balancing the quantities of requirements within a single learning outcome to foster a positive and manageable learning experience. As a result, it is believed that a careful selection of verbs in writing learning outcomes, coupled with a balanced approach to requirements, can contribute to a more coherent and effective curriculum within linguistic programs.

Author Biographies

  • Dang Thi Minh Tam, School of Languages and Tourism, Hanoi University of Industry, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Dr. Dang Thi Minh Tam is the Deputy Dean of the Department of English Language at the School of Languages and Tourism, Hanoi University of Industry, Vietnam. She is also an experienced English teacher receiving PhD Degree in Education in Murdoch University. She is interested in doing research on Linguistics and Culture and leadership in educational management.

  • Pham Thuy Quynh, School of Languages and Tourism, Hanoi University of Industry, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Pham Thuy Quynh is currently a lecturer working for EMI group, Faculty of English Language at School of Languages and Tourism, Hanoi University of Industry. She has been involving in developing syllabus and teaching materials for EMI courses. Her professional interests include English as the medium instruction, language testing and assessment, curriculum design and development.


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Dang, T. M. T., & Pham, T. Q. (2024). Alignment between Course Learning Outcomes and Assessments: An Analysis within Linguistic Programs at a University in Vietnam. International Journal of TESOL & Education, 4(2), 31-45.

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