Ensuring quality in language testing and assessment Wednesday 7 December 2016

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

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

During the colloquium, the following questions were 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.

Watch the recorded webcasts broadcast on Wednesday, 7 December 2016 and access to the materials.


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