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"Standing Committee"

The Standing Committee is an elected body of experts on language assessment and managing examinations. Committee members are elected among the representatives of ALTE Full Members.  Committee members must be employees of Full Member organisations, or Individual Expert Members. Individual Expert Members (marked *) may not constitute more than half of the number of members of the Standing Committee.

"Standing Committee" säkerställer kvalitet och rättvisa/"fairness" av ALTE:s granskningssystem (auditing system) genom att:

  • Gå igenom varje granskning och det slutgiltiga resultatet;
  • Godkänna tilldelningen av Q-mark;
  • Identifiera områden som den granskade organisationen behöver bearbeta;
  • Övervaka granskare och ge dem som blir granskade överblick, träning och standardisering.

Vincent Folny (Chair)

France Éducation International

First term expires November 2026

Dina Vilcu (Deputy Chair)

"BBU-RCI Consortium for Testing Romanian as a Foreign Language"

Second term expires February 2027

Dr Dina Vîlcu teaches and assesses Romanian as a foreign language (RFL) at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. She teaches general language and LSAP courses (for social and humanistic sciences and arts), as well as tailor-made courses for interpreters and translators. She also teaches courses on LSP and language assessment at MA level. She coordinated the issue of Studia Universitas Babeș-Bolyai, Philologiadedicated to assessing RFL, and has edited volumes on language assessment. She is interested in the challenges involved in language assessment for less widely tested languages (LWTL), currently chairing ALTE’s LWTL SIG. Other dimensions of her research are general linguistics and sociolinguistics.

Stefanie Dengler


First term expires February 2025

Ina Ferbežar 

Univerza v Ljubljani

Second term expires November 2026

Javier Fruns Giménez

Instituto Cervantes

First term expires September 2025

Dr. Javier Fruns works as head of the Language Certification Unit of the Instituto Cervantes, where he participates on the coordination of the Spanish certification systems DELE and SIELE. He teaches language testing at the Menéndez Pelayo International University, collaborates as an external examiner for the University College London and regularly teaches training courses on language assessment for different universities, official language schools and the Ministry of Education of Spain. He has worked as a Spanish teacher and is a co-author of textbooks of Spanish for foreigners.

Marta García García

"Universidad de Salamanca"

First term expires November 2024

Dr. Marta García is Associate Professor in Cursos Internacionales de la Universidad de Salamanca where she teaches Spanish and is also responsible for the examination LanguageCert USAL esPro, a test of general Spanish language for professional purposes. She is member of the standing committee of ALTE and coordinates the Language for Specific Purposes SIG of ALTE. She has worked for many years in the language testing industry, particularly for Spanish as foreign language. She is also Adjunct Professor in the Modern language Department at the University of Salamanca.

Cecilie Hamnes Carlsen

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences*

Second term expires February 2027

Waldemar Martyniuk

Uniwersytet Jagiellonski w Krakowie

First term expires November 2026

Waldemar Martyniuk: Professor at the Institute of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He holds a Ph. D. in Applied Linguistics and is a teacher trainer, author of several textbooks, curricula, and testing materials for Polish as a foreign language. Visiting Professor and lecturer at universities in Austria (Vienna), Germany (Bochum, Giessen, Göttingen, Mainz, Műnster), Switzerland (Basel), and in the USA (Stanford University). Seconded to the Council of Europe, Language Policy Division in Strasbourg, France, 2005-2006, and 2008-2013 as Executive Director of the European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz, Austria. Since 2019 Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE).

José Pascoal

University of Macau*

First term expires November 2026

Darren Perrett

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

First term expires January 2027

Danilo Rini

CVCL - Università per Stranieri Perugia

First term expires October 2026

Danilo Rini taught Italian as a foreign language both in Italy and abroad, before joining the CVCL (Centro per la Valutazione e le Certificazioni Linguistiche) of the University for Foreigners of Perugia, in 2005. There, he worked as a rater, examiner, and on the planning and development of the internal item banking system. He currently works as a test developer and reviewer for CELI (Certificato di Lingua Italiana) exams, as an examiner and trainer for examiners, and on the internal quality system of CELI exams. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of CVCL and of ALTE Standing Committee since 2023.

Lorenzo Rocca

Società Dante Alighieri*

First term expires November 2026

Lorenzo Rocca, is responsible of the language projects department at the Società Dante Alighieri in Rome. Since 2006 he gained expertise in coordinating projects at national and supranational level focused on the migration context; he has published papers, reference guides, syllabi and specifications referred to his field of research.

Within ALTE Lorenzo is the chair of the LAMI SIG since 2008, an elected member of the Board of Trustees and of the Standing Committee since 2016. In addition, he is a language expert of the Council of Europe since 2014 and a member of the CLIQ scientific committee since 2013. In 2020 he was awarded with the national scientific qualification as Associate Professor.

Cathy Taylor

ALTE Individual Expert Member*

Second term expires January 2025

Cathy was a Senior Academic for Language at Trinity College London for 18 years and has experience in all aspects of language assessment design, production and quality standards. Before moving into testing she worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, academic manager and examiner in SE Asia, Europe and the UK. Cathy has an MA in Language Testing from Lancaster University and has presented and delivered workshops at international ALTE and EALTA conferences. As an ALTE consultant, Cathy has carried out audits for ALTE members and is currently chair of the QMS working group.

Kateřina Vodičková 

Charles University Prague

Second term expires September 2025

Dr Kateřina Vodičková teaches and assesses Czech as a foreign/second language at Charles University, the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies. For the last 15 years, she is devoted mainly to language testing and running lectures on assessment in methodological courses. Kateřina also collaborates with the National Pedagogical Institute and the Centre on Measurement in Education. She has worked as a language teacher, item writer, examiner, rater, exam designer, exam consultant, ALTE auditor and is a co-author of textbooks for Czech for foreigners.

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Spanish Translation © Instituto Cervantes and University of Salamanca 2024 | French Translation © France Éducation International 2024 | Italian Translation © University for Foreigners, Perugia 2024 | Dutch Translation © CNaVT 2024 | Romanian Translation © Babeş-Bolyai University 2024 |  | Portuguese Translation © CAPLE-University of Lisbon 2023 | Swedish Translation © Stockholm University 2024 | Catalan Translation © Generalitat de Cataluyna 2024 | German Translation © Goethe Institut and ÖSD 2024

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