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Associations
Principles of Good Practice and Exemplars
Projects of interest
Useful Assessment Resources
Additional Documents

Associations

  1. Association of Language Testers in Europe http://www.alte.org/ The Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) is an association of institutions within Europe, each of which produces examinations and certification for language learners. Each member provides examinations of the language which is spoken as a mother tongue in their own country or region. ALTE draws on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR – link to Anne’s paper of CEFR) for setting up systems of validation of language competences.

    ALTE was established in 1990 and currently has 28 members representing 24 European languages.
  2. European Association of Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) is a professional association for language testers in Europe. EALTA’s interests are independent of those of any other organization. EALTA is being set up with financial support from the European Community
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Principles of Good Practice and Exemplars

  1. Principles of assessment http://www.lang.ltsn.ac.uk/resources/goodpractice.aspx?resourceid=1398
  2. Good Practice  http://www.aahe.org/principl.htm
    Nine principles of good practice for assessing student learning by the American Association for Higher Education.

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Projects of interest

  1. The ENLTA Project (European Network for Language Testing and Assessment): This project is funded until December 2005 by The European Commission.  It involves 14 institutions in 13 European countries and is intended to establish a network of individuals involved in language testing and assessment in Europe. The Project involves 14 partner institutions in 13 European countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Among other activities the project is investigating the training needs of such individuals, and surveying assessment policy and practice in Europe. The Project has already led to the establishment of the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment and current activities include the development and piloting of training materials for a range of stakeholders in language testing.  Further details are available from Charles Alderson or Steve Fligelstone, the Project Administrator
  2. DIALANG: This Project is funded by the European Commission and it aims to develop diagnostic language tests in 14 European languages, delivered over the Internet. The test system is based on the Common European Framework and incorporates self-assessment and detailed feedback on performance, and advice on how to improve one's language proficiency. The 14 languages are Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. Tests of reading, listening, writing, grammar and vocabulary are freely available at www.dialang.org. Charles Alderson is the Scientific Coordinator of the Project and further information can be viewed on the Project website.

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Useful Assessment Resources

  1. Quizes from the National Centre for Languages http://www.cilt.org.uk/promoting/resources/index.htm#quiz
  2. Resources in Language Testing at http://www.dundee.ac.uk/languagestudies/ltest/ltr.html
  3. Capaill – exemplar of an on-line learning package using assessment tools to help Irish-language learners with some previous experience of the language. The aim of the package is to support students in improving their knowledge and understanding of the language by practicing selected topics, with the main emphasis on points of grammar, usage and spelling that are known to cause problems.
    http://www.lang.ltsn.ac.uk/materialsbank/mb049/
  4. Hot Potatoes -  provides a suite of tools that enable you to create interactive web-based activities for self-assessment purposes. It includes the following exercise formats:
    • JCloze - gap-fill.
    • JMatch - matching (DHTML) and ordering.
    • Quiz - choose from either multiple-choice/response and short-answer questions.
    • JMix - jumbled sentences and words (DHTML).
    • JCross – crosswords

Hot Potatoes is free for use by individuals or educational institutions which are non-profit making, on the condition that the material you produce using the program is freely available to anyone via the WWW.  Available to download - http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/hotpot/

Additional Documents

  • Testing Language Skills and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • A1 Syllabus for Irish
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