C-Testing in Sèvres

At the beginning of last week I found myself in Sèvres, just outside of Paris. I was attending an event that was a prelude to the 14th annual conference of EALTA (European Association for Language Testing and Assessment). The theme for the conference was: Language testing and assessment. Its role in mobility and social integration. The event I was attending took place at the magnificent CIEP building in Sèvres. Created in 1945, the CIEP (Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques) is a French public institution that aims to facilitate cooperation and research in higher education.
I was joined on this workshop/project by twelve others: language teachers, language testers, linguists, psycholinguists and psychometricians from Finland, Germany, Lithuania, The UK, Holland, Hungary, Luxembourg and Spain.
Our ‘job’ was to initiate a project which will facilitate the access and integration of refugees and displaced persons into higher education in Europe. How will we do this? Firstly by estimating their CEFR level in the language of their country of refuge or intended asylum. The instrument we will be using to do this? The C-test.
The aim is to develop a bank of C-tests in multiple European languages for charitable use as formative, non-profit, non-commercial, enabling tools.

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