ALTE is organising another online session of the ALTE Introductory Course in Language Testing which will take place from Monday 18th to Saturday 30th September 2023. Normally the course runs for two weeks, Monday to Friday.
However, for the September 2023 course, there is an amendment to the schedule, to give participants the opportunity to take part in an all-day online event on Friday 29th September.
The online event is the CRELLA Colloquium on the CEFR: The CEFR: a Road Map for Future Research and Development, on Friday, 29th September, from 10.00 – 17.00 UK time. The event is organised by the University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK. The event is free of charge, and the course tutor, Prof. Anthony Green will be happy to see you there.
ALTE believes this event is worthwhile your participation, as it raises important issues when it comes to the CEFR and the future of language testing.
For this reason, the final session of the course is on Saturday 30th September.
More information about the Colloquium can be found below.
The course will be presented by Professor Anthony Green (CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire) and Jane Lloyd (Cambridge University Press and Assessment).
The course will consist of a mix of recorded lectures and downloadable exercises, alongside a 'live' element where participants meet for an hour and a half a day over the two week-period. The programme of the course will be available nearer the time.
Information about the Colloquium:
This one-day Colloquium is a follow-up to The CEFR: a Road Map for Future Research and Development, the 2020 conference hosted by the British Council in London and sponsored by EALTA and UKALTA.
One of the outcomes of that conference was Aligning Language Education with the CEFR: a Handbook, published jointly by ALTE, the British Council, EALTA and UKALTA in 2022 and freely available from their websites. You can find the document on the ALTE website, clicking here.
The Colloquium is part of the preparation for a two-day European conference planned for the autumn of 2024; a major feature of the conference will be case studies that report on the use of the Handbook in a variety of language education contexts.
The Colloquium will be hosted by CRELLA at the University of Bedfordshire and it will begin by focusing on a key point of reference in the Handbook, the comprehensive learning system (CLS; O’Sullivan 2020), and on the importance of constructively aligning the three dimensions of the system: curriculum, delivery and assessment. The next three sessions, each with an invited presenter and discussant, will focus on each of these dimensions in turn, and the day will conclude with a plenary panel discussion. A follow-up report will record the events of the day and will include practical support and guidance on conducting alignment case studies for anyone interested in presenting at the 2024 conference.