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Testing and assessment
Relating language curricula, tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of       Reference (RELANG)

In recent years the Council of Europe‘s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) has become a powerful instrument for shaping language education policies. The growing acceptance and use of the Common Reference Levels of language proficiency presented in the CEFR has created a situation in which, all over Europe, public bodies, examination institutes, language schools and university departments concerned with the teaching and testing of languages seek to relate their curricula and examinations to the Common Reference Levels. The RELANG initiative offers training to educational authorities in the Member States of the European Union and the European Centre for Modern Languages in relating language examinations to the levels of proficiency defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in a valid and equitable way.

Target groups

  • Teacher trainers
  • Language testers and examiners
  • Item writers
  • Curriculum developers
  • School inspectors
  • Policy makers

Objectives

The long-term objective will be that foreign language curricula reflect the CEFR model of language use and assessment materials are related to CEFR levels of language proficiency; language examinations ensure that learners are assessed in valid and equitable ways and that learners’ test performances are expressed in terms of CEFR levels that are valid, understood and widely accepted.

As part of the initiative, a series of national workshops in participating member states are on offer to address such issues as:

  • principles of testing mediation and pluricultural/plurilingual skills in the classroom
  • principles of applying the CEFR and the new Companion Volume to the development of tests of second language competence
  • principles of constructing valid language tests and examinations based on the CEFR and its Companion Volume
  • principles of relating existing language tests and examinations to the CEFR and its Companion Volume
  • principles of relating foreign/second language curricula to the CEFR and its Companion Volume

Support materials will be developed and adapted to the specific needs of the interested member states. The screening of existing tests and examinations on their links to the CEFR, will also be on offer.

Outputs

  • Modules for training in developing good quality foreign language curricula and language examinations linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • 9 training workshops for a maximum of 180 local/regional multipliers in selected EU and ECML member states
  • Local or regional clusters of multipliers initiated, promoting quality assurance in developing language examinations linked to the CEFR
  • Post-workshop follow-up and support to countries where activities have taken place to further enhance impact

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How to get involved

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This initiative is carried out within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission, entitled 
Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning

Latest articles

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Relating language curricula, tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference (RELANG): ECML network meeting in Graz (2-3 October 2019)

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Call for the ECML-EC joint Action "Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning" 2019-2020 open until 5 July 2019

02.04.2019
RELANG tools to align Danish tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference and Companion Volume

06.11.2018
A series of 19 national workshops to take place in 2019 through the RELANG and Supporting Multilingual Classrooms initiatives

17.09.2018
ECML training and consultancy offers for 2019 – Apply now!

08.06.2018
Call for the ECML-EC joint Action "Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning" 2018-2019 open until 27 June 2018

09.12.2016
ECML colloquium "Ensuring quality in language testing and assessment": videos, presentations, photos

01.12.2016
Ensuring quality in language testing and assessment colloquium: live webcast on Wednesday 7 December

25.10.2016
A quality assurance matrix for CEFR use: Call for fellowship


Featured resources

Publication

The publication offers an introduction to linking examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in a valid way. The highlights are targeted at producers of language examinations, who are less familiar with psychometric procedures and who are not (yet) assessment experts.

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Video

Relating language curricula, tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference
By José Noijons
Video in English