Language Testing in Europe: Time for a New Framework?
International Conference hosted by Universiteit Antwerpen
27-29 May 2013
We hereby extend a cordial invitation to attend our Second International Conference on Language Testing. This conference will bring together practitioners, policy makers and researchers in order to discuss the following issues related to the use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in language testing.
• Competence and performance
What is the link between ‘can do’ performance statements and areas of linguistic knowledge? To what extent can or should the levels be made more explicit in terms of required vocabulary and grammar?
• Degree of difficulty of the levels
How can we make sure that our tests are measuring at the CEFR levels we claim they are? What evidence do we have to support our claims?
• Test purpose
Why are we testing? What kind of decisions will be made on the basis of information collected via the test? What will be the consequences of these decisions?
How do we link our tests to the CEFR? How practical, applicable and operational is the CEFR for concrete language testing situations?
You are invited to submit a proposal for a practice-related paper, a research paper, a poster session or a symposium. The scientific committee will designate three submissions as ‘Selected Plenaries’.
Please visit our website (http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.LT-CEFR2013) for any information regarding submission, calendar, venue and programme.
Looking forward to meeting you in Antwerp.