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Relating language curricula, tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference (RELANG): ECML hybrid national training workshop (30 September – 1 October, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Author: Adelina Rosca/18 October 2021/Categories: Slovenia, 6mtp TaC Evaluation and assessment

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Local organiser: Suzana Bitenc Peharc, The National Examinations Centre

ECML experts: Evelyne Bérard, France; Jana Bérešová, Slovak Republic

Participants: 17 (language testers and examiners, item writers, teachers and teacher trainers, policymakers, decision-takers)

 

“The RELANG workshop was held in Ljubljana on 30 September – 1 October 2021. Participants – members of national testing committees for Vocational Matura and advisors from the National Examinations Centre - gathered in the hotel and were listening to the online presentations via Zoom. The aim of the workshop to offer item writers at Vocational Matura specialized training in preparing test specifications and tasks for listening test in accordance with the CEFR at B1 level.

The consultants presented the principles of constructing test specifications and listening tasks in accordance with the CEFR descriptors. They pointed out the importance of reliability and validity of language testing and text selection criteria. Later on, the participants divided into three groups: English, German and Italian and started preparing test specifications and tasks for listening test. Special attention was paid to the selection of relevant and appropriate recordings and task types. At the end, groups presented their work and discussed the most important issues in constructing listening tasks.

The workshop was extremely useful for our future work, and we are certain that the participants will use acquired knowledge to prepare better language test in relation to the CEFR.”

 

Suzana Bitenc Peharc, local organiser, 12 October 2021

 

ECML project website: RELANG – EU-ECML cooperation agreement 2020-2021 "Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning"

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