SIG on Less Widely Tested Languages


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Open to: 

Organisations which develop examinations in LWTL experience and share certain challenges along this process. However, a range of resources and instruments are already used and new ones can be identified for being applied in this context.

Next Meeting: 

Date TBC

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LWTL Members will work on: 

The members of the group will  work on drawing up a list of qualitative analysis methods for language examinations, to be used especially in the case of exams with smaller numbers of test takers.

Our Focus:

The SIG encourages and promotes multilingualism in the area of teaching and testing languages. Its members work for finding solutions to challenges specific to the assessment of languages with smaller numbers of candidates and for indicating suitable resources and innovative methods and strategies which can contribute to the validity of exams. The SIG intends to bring together the experience related to LWTL coming from language teaching and testing centres, the institutional environment, the research area and different stakeholders.

Our Objectives

The LWTL SIG will work to find out and share solutions on the following matters:

  • The measure in which quantitative analysis tools can be used for examinations with smaller numbers of test takers;
  • The qualitative instruments and methods to be used in various phases of examination development, administration, marking, pre-test and post-test analysis;
  • The methods for different phases of exam development and administration like: rater training, marking schemes, communication with stakeholders, etc.

Work methods and resources:

These objectives can be reached with different work methods and resources:

  • sharing experience between the organisations with a similar context (lower number of candidates);
  • following the newest methods and instruments developed by specialists, for example for test analysis;
  • research on the literature in the field.

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