Past events


ALTE events 2016

ALTE SIG (Special Interest Group) Meeting, Vilnius, Lithuania, February 2016

The ALTE SIG Meetings were hosted by Vilnius University in Vilnius, Lithuania, 18th -19th February 2019.
The SIGs were open to representatives of ALTE Members and Institutional Affiliates.

For more info about the SIG schedule, please click here

 

ALTE events 2015

ALTE 47th Meeting and Conference, Perugia, Italy, 13th November 2015

The ALTE 47th Conference was hosted by Centro per la Valutazione e le Certificazioni Linguistiche (CVCL), University for Foreigners of Perugia and took place at Palazzo Gallenga, Perugia. The first two days of meetings were for representatives of ALTE Members and Institutional Affiliates only, and the final day, Friday 13th November, was an Open Conference Day for all those with an interest in language testing. The theme of the conference day, Friday 13th November, was ‘The Concept of Quality in Language Assessment’ and featured speakers included Dr Nick Saville (ALTE Manager), Neil Bullock (Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation), Sergio García García (Hospital Clinic of Barcelona) Gisella Langé (Italian Ministry of Education), Sarah Breslin (ECML), Dr Michaela Perlmann-Balme (Goethe Institut), Julia Todorinova (Sofia University), Henk Kuijper and Vincent Folny (CIEP).

For more information about the conference day presentations, please click here.
 

Pre- conference ALTE courses in Perugia, Italy, November 2015

ALTE Course on Excel for Assessment Professionals, Perugia, 9th November 2015

ALTE ran a one-day course on Excel for Assessment Professionals on Monday 9th November 2015 in Palazzo Gallenga, Perugia, Italy.
The course was taught by Jane Lloyd, ALTE Validation Unit Manager, and it was a practical, hands-on course for people working in assessment and willing to know more about how to use Excel as part of their exam analysis procedures, and how to prepare and edit charts and tables for use in reports.

For more information about the Programme of the ALTE course on Excel for Assessment Professionals, please click here.

 

ALTE Course on Introduction to Facets Analysis, Perugia, 10th November 2015

Another pre-conference course was ran on Tuesday 10th November 2015 in Palazzo Gallenga, Perugia, Italy: the course was ran by Jane Lloyd, ALTE Validation Unit Manager, and aimed at people working in assessment who were new to Facets, or wanted to understand more about how they can work with an analyst who is using it.

For more information about the Programme of the ALTE course on Introduction to Facets Analysis, please click here.

 

ALTE Course on Practical Facets Analysis, Perugia, 11th November 2015

On Wednesday 11th November, Jane Lloyd ran also the ALTE course on Practical Facets which was designed to be accessible to people with limited Facets experience.

For more information about the Programme of this course, please click here.

 

ALTE Foundation Course in Language Testing: Getting Started, Perugia, 14th November 2015

After the ALTE Conference in Perugia, ALTE ran the one day course Foundation in Language Testing: Getting Started. The course took place in Palazzo Gallenga, on Saturday 14th November 2015 and was taught by Annie Broadhead, consultant of ALTE.

Please click here for more information about the programme of the Foundation course.

 

ALTE SIG (Special Interest Group) Meeting, Arnhem, Netherlands, February, 2015

The ALTE SIG Meetings were hosted by Cito in Arnhem, Netherlands, 26th -27th February 2015.
The SIGs were open to representatives of ALTE Members and Institutional Affiliates.
 

SIG Programme

 

ALTE 46th Meeting and Conference, Bergen, 8th May 2015

The ALTE 46th bi-annual Meeting and Conference was hosted by VOX, in collaboration with the University of Bergen, and took place in Bergen, Norway, 6th – 8th May 2015.

As with previous events, the first two days of meetings were for ALTE members and institutional affiliates only, and the final day, Friday 8th May 2015, was an open conference day for all those with an interest in language testing. The theme of the conference day was ‘The B2/C1 levels and language tests for academic purposes’ and featured speakers included Dr Anthony Green (University of Bedfordshire), Professor Sara Weigle (Georgia State University) Bart Deygers (KU Leuven), Beate Zeidler (telc), Dr Magali Paquot (Université catholique de Louvain), Professor Angela Hasselgreen (Bergen University College),Professor Kjersti Fløttum, Professor Torodd Kinn, Else Berit Molde and Aasne Vikøy (University of Bergen), Dr Cecilie Carlsen (VOX).

For more information about the conference day presentations, please click here.

 

Pre- conference ALTE courses in Bergen, Norway, May 2015

ALTE Course on Assessing Language for Academic Purposes, Bergen, 4-5  May 2015

Before the ALTE 46th Meeting and Conference, ALTE ran a two-day course on ‘Assessing Language for Academic Purposes’ at the Scandic Bergen City Hotel, Bergen, Norway, 4th and 5th May 2015.

The course was taught by Professor Anthony Green from the University of Bedfordshire.
This course introduced key principles in the assessment of languages for academic purposes covering basic theoretical considerations, and offering practical guidance for building tests and classroom assessments for the range of purposes involved: assessments that take account of the distinctive characteristics of academic language use. 

For more information about the Programme of the ALTE course on Assessing Language for Academic Purposes, please click here

 

ALTE Course on Excel for Assessment Professionals, Bergen, 4 May 2015

ALTE ran a one-day course on ‘Excel for Assessment Professionals’ on Monday 4th May 2015 at the Scandic Bergen City Hotel in Bergen, Norway.
The course was taught by Jane Lloyd, ALTE Validation Unit Manager, and it was a practical, hands-on course for people working in assessment and willing to know more about how to use Excel as part of their exam analysis procedures, and how to prepare and edit charts and tables for use in reports.

For more information about the Programme of the ALTE course on Excel for Assessment Professionals, please click here

 

ALTE Course on Introduction to Facets Analysis, Bergen, 5 May 2015

Another pre-conference course was ran on Tuesday 5th May 2015 at the Scandic Bergen City Hotel, in Bergen, Norway: the course was ran by Jane Lloyd, ALTE Validation Unit Manager, and aimed at people working in assessment who were new to Facets, or wanted to understand more about how they can work with an analyst who is using it.

For more information about the Programme of the ALTE course on Introduction to Facets Analysis, please click here

 

ALTE Foundation Course in Language Testing: Getting Started, Bergen, 9 May 2015

After the ALTE Conference in Bergen, ALTE ran the one day course 'Foundation in Language Testing: Getting Started'. The course took place at the Scandic Bergen City Hotel, Bergen, Norway, on Saturday 9th May 2015 and was taught by Annie Broadhead, consultant of ALTE.

Please click here for more information about the programme of the Foundation course.

 

ALTE events 2014

ALTE SIG (Special Interest Group) Meeting, Frankfurt, February, 2014


The ALTE SIG Meetings were hosted by telc GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany, 20th-21st February 2014. The SIGs were open to representatives of ALTE Members and Institutional Affiliates.

Programme

 

ALTE SIG (Special Interest Group) Meeting, Sèvres, April 2014

The Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP) hosted the ALTE SIG Meetings in Sèvres, France, 7th – 9th April, 2014. The SIGs were open to representatives of ALTE Members and Institutional Affiliates.

Programme

 

ALTE 5th International Conference, Paris, 10-11 April 2014

ALTE hold its 5th International Conference in Paris, from Thursday 10 - Friday 11 April, at the Maison Internationale, part of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.

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 ALTE Summer Testing Courses, Sèvres, September 2014

ALTE ran two week - long courses in Language Testing in Sèvres, near Paris, France, September 2014.

The first week course was the ALTE Introductory Course in Language Testing, 15 - 19 September 2014, taught by Professor Cyril Weir, University of Bedfordshire, and Dr Lynda Taylor, University of Bedfordshire and Consultant to Cambridge English Language Assessment The second week course was the ALTE Course in Productive skills: Assessing Speaking and Writing, 22 - 26 September 2014. This course wad taught by Dr Talia Isaacs (Assessing Speaking) and Dr Guoxing Yu (Assessing Writing) both from the University of Bristol, UK.

For more information about the Programme of the ALTE Introductory Course in Language Testing, please click here

For more information about the Programme of the ALTE Course in Productive skills: Assessing Speaking and Writing, please click here

 

ALTE Courses on Validating Examinations with Fewer Candidates - April and November 2014 

ALTE ran a short course on Validating Examinations with Fewer Candidates in Sèvres, near Paris, France, 7th – 8th April 2014 and in London, UK, 17th - 18th November 2014. The course was taught by Mark Elliott, Cambridge English Language Assessment and Jane Lloyd, ALTE Validation Unit.

The course looked at issues related to test construction, construct validity, data collection and analysis, and the interpretation of results, within the context of examinations with small candidatures.  

Programme

 

ALTE Foundation Courses in Language Testing: Getting Started –  April and November 2014


ALTE ran two one-day 'Foundation Course in Language Testing: Getting Started', in Sèvres, near Paris, France, 9th April 2014 and in London, UK, 22nd November 2014. The courses were taught by Annie Broadhead, consultant of ALTE.

Programme

  

ALTE 45th Meeting and Conference, London,19 November 2014

ALTE’s 45th bi-annual Meeting and Conference was hosted by Trinity College London and took place in London, 19 - 21 November, 2014.

The first two days of meetings were for representatives of ALTE Members and Institutional Affiliates only, and the final day, Friday 21st November, was an Open Conference Day for all those with an interest in language testing. The theme of the conference day was Innovation in Language Testing.

Featured speakers included Dr Piet van Avermaet (Ghent University), Dr Claudia Harsch (University of Warwick), Dr Koen Van Gorp and Bart Deygers (KU Leuven), Dr James Purpura (Columbia University), Professor Tony McEnery (Lancaster University), Jane Lloyd (ALTE Validation Unit), José Pascoal (CAPLE, University of Lisbon), Dr Michaela Perlmann-Balme (Goethe Institut), Dr Lorenzo Rocca (CVCL, University of Perugia) and Dr Elaine Boyd (Trinity College London).

For more information about the conference day presentations, please click here

 

ALTE events 2013

 

ALTE 44th Meeting and Conference, Barcelona, November, 2013

Around 200 people attended ALTE’s 44th bi-annual Meeting and Conference in Barcelona, 13-15 November, 2013. The conference was hosted by the General Directorate for Language Policy of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the conference theme was ‘Language Assessment in Support of Migration and Integration: Different Approaches to a Common Issue’. Speakers included Piet van Avermaet (University of Ghent) and Philia Thalgott (Council of Europe, Language Policy Division) as well as Michaela Perlmann-Balme (Goethe Institut), Samuel Bouak and Amélie Lombardini (CIEP) and Lorenzo Rocca (University for Foreigners, Perugia).


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ALTE 43rd Meeting & Conference, Salamanca, April 2013

The ALTE 43rd bi-annual Meeting and Conference was held at the Hospedería del Colegio Fonseca, University of Salamanca on 17-19 April 2013. 

The first two days of meetings were attended by ALTE members and institutional affiliates only, and the final day, Friday 19 April, was an Open Conference Day for all those with an interest in language testing. This time the theme of the conference day was ‘Language Assessment for Adults in the Context of Lifelong Learning’. 

The opening addresses were delivered by Dr. María Isabel Toro Pascua, Directora Cursos Internacionales, University of Salamanca and Dr Emyr Davies, Chair of the ALTE Executive Committee. The first presenter of the Conference day was Aneta Quraishy, British Council, Berlin, Germany, who talked about ‘Multilingualism for Stable and Prosperous Societies – the Language Rich Europe Project’ giving an overview of the key fundings of the Language Rich Europe Project. This presentation was followed by Professor Gerardo Prieto discussion about ‘Análisis del Funcionamiento diferencial de los ítems de pruebas de Comprensión Lectora de Español como segunda lengua’/ Differential Item Functioning Analysis in a Reading Comprehension Task of an Exam in Spanish as a Foreign Language.

Dr Ardeshir Geranpayeh, Assistant Director of the Research and Validation Group in Cambridge English Language Assessment, talked about ‘Benchmarking Language Proficiency for the Workplace’: This presentation offered a method to define the required level of Business English language skills appropriate to the circumstances of specific industries, business sectors and occupations. Clara de Vega and Professor Francisco José Martínez López, University of Salamanca, then described in their plenary presentation, ‘CertiUni – Accreditation of Language Levels in the Spanish University Sector’, the university project, Certiuni, launched by the Conference of Spanish University Rectors (CRUE) and supported by the Spanish Education Ministry, the Ministry of Labour, and the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organisations (CEOE). A programme with the aim to create a competency certification system in order to help graduates enter the labour market earlier.

In his presentation ‘Designing Useful Language Tests for Adults: Language Varieties in the DELE Exams’, Richard Bueno Hudson from Instituto Cervantes, presented some of the samples in the six levels of the DELE exams as a means of recognising language varieties within the Spanish-speaking world.

The conference closed with a presentation by Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey (University of Warwick) entitled ‘Taking Account of Intercultural Competence’.

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ALTE events 2012

 

ALTE 42nd Meeting and Conference, Munich, 21 - 23 November 2012

The ALTE 42nd bi-annual Meeting and Conference was held at the headquarters of the Goethe Institut on 21-23 November 2012. The conference was hosted by ALTE member for German and one of the founder members of the association.

The first two days of meetings were attended by ALTE members and institutional affiliates, and the final day, Friday 23rd November, was an open conference day for all those with an interest in language testing. The theme of the conference day was ‘Developing and Implementing Language Tests for Younger Learners’.

After opening addresses from Johannes Ebert, Secretary-General of the Goethe Institut , and Michael Milanovic, ALTE Manager, the first presentation of the day was by Shelagh Rixon (University of Warwick), who talked about ‘How Young Learners Learn Languages and How to Test Them’. This was followed by a presentation from Eli Moe (University of Bergen, Norway), who discussed ‘Valid Testing of Young Learners – Is This An Achievable Endeavour?’.
Henny Rönneper, the head of division at the Ministry of Education and Further Education of North Rhine-Westphalia, followed this with her presentation on the ‘International Certification for Learners in the National School System - The Example of Germany and North Rhine-Westphalia’.
Dr Neil Jones, Assistant Director of the Research and Validation Group, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, then talked about ‘Learning Languages at Secondary School - Findings of the European Survey on Language Competences’. Inma Borrego, Sylvie Lepage, Michaela Perlmann-Balme, Danilo Rini, and Barbara Spinelli gave an insight into ‘Innovative Approaches of the SurveyLang Project’.
The conference closed with a round table discussion about the theme ‘What Can We Learn from SurveyLang?’


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ALTE 41st Meeting and Conference, Lisbon, 18 - 20 April 2012

Over 140 delegates attended ALTE’s 41st bi-annual Meeting and Conference held at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon on 18-20 April 2012. The conference was hosted by CAPLE (Centro de Avaliação de Português Língua Estrangeira), the ALTE member for Portuguese and one of the founder members of the association.

The first two days of meetings were attended by ALTE members and institutional affiliates, and the final day, Friday 20 April, was an open conference day for all those with an interest in language testing. The theme of the conference day was ‘The Impact of Language Testing on Learning and Teaching’ and considered issues related to understanding the relationship between learning, teaching and assessment. Researching this relationship is essential to ensuring that examinations help learners to achieve their life goals and have a positive impact on their learning and professional development.

After opening addresses from Professor António Feijó, Dean of the Faculty of Letters, and Dr Emyr Davies, Chair of the ALTE Executive Committee, Dr Waldemar Martyniuk, Executive Director of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) in Graz, gave a brief overview of ECML’s new programme of activities for the period 2012-2015. This was followed by a presentation from Dr Dianne Wall, Trinity College London and Lancaster University, who talked about ‘Examining Washback: What Do We Know, and What Is There Left To Explore?’ Dr Wall provided a selective overview of research into washback and reviewed a number of studies that have helped practitioners not only to determine the effects of specific tests in specific contexts but also to expand our understanding of the original concept.

Professor Domingos Fernandes from the Faculty of Education, University of Lisbon then discussed some of the theoretical and practical considerations associated with assessment. In his presentation entitled ‘Assessment for Learning and Assessment of Learning’, he argued that assessment can and must play a fundamental role in the teaching and learning processes and that assessing students’ learning must be seen as integral to the process of teaching. Dr Nick Saville, Director Research and Validation, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations then discussed the concept of ‘Impact by Design’ - an approach to impact research which examination providers such as ALTE members can use to find out and understand how their examinations impact on their stakeholders.

In his presentation ‘Vocabulary in Language Proficiency Tests’, Professor Norbert Schmitt of the University of Nottingham discussed ways of conceptualising lexical knowledge, and how various item formats tap into different aspects of this knowledge. He also considered which item formats might be most appropriate for tests targeted at various proficiency levels.

José Pascoal from CAPLE, University of Lisbon, then looked at the ‘Impact of the Common European Framework of Reference on Language Teaching and Assessment in Portugal’ in his presentation and discussed issues related to the implementation of the CEFR in language policies in various educational contexts in Portugal. The conference closed with a presentation by the Director of CAPLE, Professor Maria José Grosso, who talked about the ‘Impact of CIPLE (the Portuguese A2 Examination) on Migration in Portugal’. Since 2006, immigrants seeking Portuguese citizenship have been required to show evidence of A2 level in Portuguese and Professor Grosso’s presentation looked at how this has attracted a new group of candidates to the CIPLE examination.

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