EALTA Project – kick-off meeting before the EALTA 2017 conference
Enabling access to education for displaced people through assessments: Developing a multilingual C-Test toolbox
Workshop Leader: Benjamin Kremmel (University of Innsbruck / University of Nottingham), Claudia Harsch (University of Bremen), Steffen Brandt (Kiron / opencampus.sh)
In light of current global political developments with increasing numbers of displaced people, assessment could play a key role in enabling migrants’ and refugees’ access to educational resources. Initiatives such as Kiron are aiming to provide refugees with such access, as currently less than 1% of refugees worldwide have access to higher education (http://kiron.ngo). These initiatives, however, would welcome resources that could help with placement processes in order to assess people’s language abilities prior to admitting or directing them to suitable courses. Since C-Tests have been repeatedly shown to be practical, reliable and useful tools for placement purposes (e.g. Eckes & Grotjahn, 2006; Harsch & Hartig, 2015), a battery of such tests targeting all CEFR levels would provide a highly valuable resource for language learners and users around the world.
Given the expertise and resources contained within EALTA and using its international and multilingual membership, the membership of EALTA has the opportunity to make a significant contribution by supporting initiatives such as Kiron. As a concrete initiative, several members of EALTA have proposed a kick-off event for a project to develop a battery of C-Tests in multiple languages that can be made available to such organisations.
The kick-off event will be held before the 2017 Annual EALTA conference, starting Monday May 29th noon, ending Wednesday May 31st noon (running parallel to the Pre-Conference Workshops)
It aims to bring together a group of testing experts from multiple languages to plan and develop this testing toolbox for charitable use. The EALTA Executive Committee and the organizers of the 2017 EALTA conference have agreed to support this event. The project is intended to result in a bank of C-Tests for different languages, which would be piloted and implemented in an online environment in cooperation with Kiron and possibly the institutions of the event participants.
Attendance to the event is free, but we ask volunteers to apply to the event organizers to ensure a balanced group in terms of languages represented. Participants signing up to the event would be required to agree to a longer-term commitment to the ensuing project. In return, the group will share access to the data generated for research purposes as well as potential publication merits. The event will also be used to discuss the future orientation of the project.
Please send your application with a brief outline (no more than 1 page) of your
- professional background
- language background
- work context
- a rough indication of the time you are prepared to dedicate over the next one or two years
to Benjamin Kremmel at Benjamin.Kremmel@uibk.ac.at