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Mapping language assessments to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Experiences from the UniLang certification scheme in the UK
24th March 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is increasingly being used internationally to understand competencies in a second or foreign language, and as a standardised indicator of language assessment and learning outcomes. This workshop aims to explore and answer some of the questions and issues that have emerged in the application of the Framework in the higher education context. How easily, for example, can the CEFR sit alongside and be applied to the assessment of a traditional three or four year degree programme in modern languages or a university-wide programme of non-specialist language learning.The workshop will take place against the background of the recently introduced UNILANG Certification scheme in the UK (http://www.unilang.website/). This scheme serves to help UK university students articulate and translate what their language learning outcomes mean in terms of the CEFR. The scheme utilises the existing inter-institutional External Examiner quality assurance mechanism and runs alongside the award of credits or other HE awards by the HEI concerned. During the proposed workshop, issues that arose during the trialling period (2015-16) at three UK HEIs and from the first year of implementation (2016-17) will be explained and discussed.The workshop is relevant to all staff at third level in Ireland who work with language students in degree and university-wide language programmes. It is especially relevant to the mapping of assessment criteria and learning outcomes to the CEFR