We are delighted to announce that the registration is now open for the ALTE 6th International Conference in Bologna, 3rd – 5th May 2017.
The theme of the conference will be “Learning and Assessment: Making the Connections”.
The strands of the conference are:
(1) A globalised economy
(2) A multilingual world
(3) The digital era
For more information about the conference, please visit the official website of the International Conference, click here.
The latest organisations to become ALTE Institutional Affiliate is CLL - Centres de langues
The « CLL-Centres de langues » is the largest language school in Belgium. CLL is a non-profit association, created in 1984 by the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, which teaches 36 languages to children, teenagers, students and adult learners including public institutions and companies.
As far as testing is concerned, the CLL is part of a Consortium comprised of 3 entities: the CLL itself, the UCL (Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), the largest French-speaking University in Belgium) and Altissia International, a leading company in on-line language learning solutions.
The 3 entities have come together to implement a new service within the Erasmus Plus programme for the European Commission: the OLS (The Online Linguistic Support) which aims at providing language testing and training to all Erasmus participants (students, VET and Youth programmes) throughout Europe. All students are tested before and after their mobility. The test is mandatory.
This programme was launched in 6 languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch) in September, 2014. So far, more than 360 000 tests have been taken.
Six new languages will be added for the test in March 2016, 6 more in 2017, and the last 6 of the 24 European languages in 2018.
The test is adaptative, computer-based. For the time being it only assesses the receptive skills. But in the near future, oral and written productions are to be added.
To find out more about ALTE affiliation, click here
Within Charles University, Prague, the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies (ILPS CU) has been developing a tradition of the teaching of Czech as a foreign language for more than fifty years and as the only such institute in the Czech Republic is devoted to the preparation of foreign students for study at Czech universities. It provides Czech language instruction and testing for foreigners through various language courses, distance learning, research, and professional activities such as writing textbooks and teacher training.
The Czech Language Certificate Exam (CCE), developed at ILPS CU, is designed for all foreigners age 16 and over who want or need to prove their level of competence in the Czech language, and is recognized by most Czech and foreign employers and by some universities and colleges. The CCE at A1, A2, B1 and B2 has successfully passed the ALTE auditing process for the second time and the recently developed CCE–C1 for the first time.
Pavel Pečený, the head of the ILPS CU Research and Test Centre, remarks: “ALTE auditing procedure does not only guarantee the quality of the examination, it also represents one of the motors that make the test developers improve the examination constantly.”