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RELANG tools to align Danish tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference and Companion Volume

Relating language curricula, tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference (RELANG): ECML national training workshop (12-13 March, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Author: Catherine Seewald/02 April 2019/Categories: Denmark, 6mtp TaC Evaluation and assessment

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Local organiser: Ana Kanareva-Dimitrovska, Aarhus University

ECML experts: Rita Juknevičienė, Lithuania; Gábor Szabó, Hungary

Participants: 17; teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, item writers


On 12-13 March 2019, the ECML Contact Point Denmark - The Danish National Centre for Foreign Languages - invited ECML experts in Copenhagen to provide a training and consultancy on Relating foreign language curricula to Common European Framework of Reference (RELANG). The aim of the training and consultancy activity using RELANG tools was to improve the alignment of Danish tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and Companion Volume. The focus was in particular on tests and examinations in upper secondary schools.

The participants (language teachers at university and university college, primary, secondary and upper secondary school and language consultants at the Ministry of Education) were inspired and received inspiration and clear directions on how to relate existing Danish tests and examinations to CEFR levels and descriptors. Participants gained a deeper knowledge of CEFR descriptors and received practical guidance on how to revise learning outcomes and link them to relevant CEFR levels. Participants worked on all linking phases: familiarization, specification, standardization and benchmarking. The participants were also asked to develop valid exams items for oral and written production related to the CEFR and Companion Volume. In addition, external assessment materials provided by the Danish participants and ECML experts were discussed during the training and the participants tried to link them to the CEFR levels. Some of the RELANG materials will be adapted/modified to fit a particular institutional context. 

Ana Kanareva-Dimitrovska, local organiser

25 March 2019



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