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Ensuring quality in language testing and assessment colloquium: live webcast on Wednesday 7 December

Author: Catherine Seewald/01 December 2016/Categories: Show on front page, European Language Gazette, CEFR and ELP, Evaluation and assessment, ECML programme 2016-2019, TAC Testing and assessment

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The colloquium on “Ensuring quality in language testing and assessment: the contribution of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)“ is organised by the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe in cooperation with the European Commission.

The event will trace the progress that has been made since the publication of the Manual for Relating Language Examinations to the CEFR, offer a platform for an exchange of experiences from different European contexts and propose ways to address the ongoing challenges in aligning language curricula and examinations to the Framework.

Due to the high level of demand to participate in the event, the ECML has decided to stream the event live, starting from 9:30 am on 7 December. The event will be in English and French and will be streamed in the original language of the speaker only. During the colloquium, the following questions will be addressed:

  1. How do I know whether a test is at the CEFR level it claims to be at? 
  2. Can an exam that tests linguistic competence (language use) be linked to the CEFR? 
  3. How do we make sure that our pass/fail decisions are related to the CEFR? 
  4. Can we test at more than one CEFR level in one test? 
  5. Can we link our tests to the CEFR levels even though we do not have statistics on student performance on our tests, apart from total scores? 
  6. Can tests of different skills be summarized at one CEFR level?

The colloquium should be of particular interest to those who are responsible for or engaged in developing foreign language curricula and/or examinations, notably those who work in national curriculum or examination centres.

For further information on the event, including the Colloquium programme, please visit the colloquium webpage.

WEBCAST – starting on Wednesday, 7 December at 09:30.


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