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Workshop modules



Module 1: Applying the CEFR 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, candidates may range from young learners, adolescents, young adults to adults. Even if the CEFR was 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: Developing valid language tests for the use in the classroom

Key target group: teacher trainers (both pre-serviced and in-service)

In this three-day workshop teacher-trainers 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 identification and possible adaptation of relevant CEFR descriptors at relevant CEFR-levels and to the identification and production of valid item types to be used in everyday classroom practice. 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: Constructing valid language tests and examinations based on the CEFR

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 4: Relating existing tests and examinations to the CEFR

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 5: Screening  existing tests and examinations for their relations to the CEFR

Key target groups: examination centres and policy makers

For this activity examination centres and policy makers are invited to submit foreign language tests and examinations for their claims of a relationship with the CEFR model of language use and their possible links to the levels in the CEFR. Attention will be paid to claims of validity and reliability of the tests and the examinations. Special attention will be paid to the construction of various item types, the procedures in test development and the administration of tests, the collection and analysis of test data. 

Please note that the screening will not result in a CEFR level being assigned to a test of examination. The screening will focus on the validity of claims that are made in this respect. Please also note for which languages this activity can be carried out (see below).

Please note that the examinations to be screened can be in one or more of the following languages: Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish.  Examinations in other languages may be considered.

 

Module 6: Relating foreign language curricula to the CEFR

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 curricula 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 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 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)