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Workshop modules


Module 1: Applying the CEFR and the new Companion Volume to the development of tests of second language competence     

Key target groups: policy makers, language test developers, teacher trainers

In this three-day workshop, policy makers, language test developers, teacher trainers and other relevant stakeholders will be introduced to the principles of developing tests of second language competence. Such tests may serve different purposes depending on the local context, such as entrance, placement, progress, (temporary) residence and naturalization. Also, test takers may range from young learners, adolescents, young adults to adults. Even if the CEFR was first developed for foreign language learning, teaching and testing, many of its principles can also be applied to the development of tests of second language competence. Practical tips and exercises will be supplied and support materials adapted to the specific context of the interested member states will be developed.

 

Module 2: Constructing valid language tests and examinations based on the CEFR and its Companion Volume

Key target groups: language testers and examiners, item writers and curriculum developers

In this three-day workshop, language testers and examiners, item writers, curriculum developers and other relevant stakeholders will be introduced to the principles of valid and reliable language testing in relation to the CEFR model of language use. Special attention will be paid to the construction of various item types, the stages of test development and the administration of tests, the collection and analysis of test data and also to possible ways of linking the tests and examinations to the (levels in the) CEFR. Practical tips and exercises will be supplied and support materials adapted to the specific needs of the interested member states will be developed.

 

 

 


Module 3: Relating existing language tests and examinations to the CEFR and its Companion Volume

Key target groups: language testers and examiners, item writers and curriculum developers, policy makers

In this three-day workshop, language testers and examiners, item writers, curriculum developers, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders will be introduced to the principles of valid and reliable language testing in relation to the CEFR model of language use. During the workshop, these principles will then be applied to existing tests and examinations. Special attention will be paid to the principles of linking examinations to the CEFR, the need for the collection and interpretation of test data and the validation of the linking process. Practical tips and exercises will be supplied and support materials adapted to the specific needs of the interested member states will be developed.

 

Module 4: Relating foreign/second language curricula to the CEFR and its Companion Volume

Key target groups: curriculum developers, teacher trainers and policy makers

In this three-day workshop, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders will be introduced to ways to relate existing foreign/second language curricula and learning outcomes to the CEFR and/or to initiate curriculum reform in relation to the CEFR model of language use. During the workshop special attention will be paid to the principles of linking attainment targets/learning outcomes to the CEFR and the consequences of this for the development of tests and examinations related to the CEFR. Practical tips and exercises will be supplied and support materials adapted to the specific needs of the interested member states will be developed.

Please note that the curriculum under discussion will need to be made available in either English or French.

 

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 (www.ecml.at/ec-cooperation)