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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Full Title: Language Testing in Europe: Time for a New Framework?

Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Start Date: 27-May-2013 - 29-May-2013
Contact: Ann Aerts
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.ua.ac.be/lt-cefr2013
Meeting Description: We hereby extend a cordial invitation to attend our Second International Conference on Language Testing. This conference will bring together practitioners, policy makers and researchers in order to discuss the following issues related to the use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in language testing.

Competence and Performance:

What is the link between ‘can do’ performance statements and areas of linguistic knowledge? To what extent can or should the levels be made more explicit in terms of required vocabulary and grammar?

Degree of Difficulty of the Levels:

How can we make sure that our tests are measuring at the CEFR levels we claim they are? What evidence do we have to support our claims?

Test Purpose:

Why are we testing? What kind of decisions will be made on the basis of information collected via the test? What will be the consequences of these decisions?


How do we link our tests to the CEFR? How practical, applicable and operational is the CEFR for concrete language testing situations?
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics
LL Issue: 23.4871

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