26 February 2014

Language Diversity - the 5th ALTE International Conference

Leading experts from around the world will come together in Paris for one of the largest multilingual events for the language assessment community.
The ALTE 5th International Conference in Paris will look at the role multilingualism is playing in promoting language diversity and intercultural communication. Language Assessment for Multilingualism: promoting linguistic diversity and intercultural communication will focus on the key themes of Mobility, Diversity, Intercultural Communication, and Fairness and Quality.
The event will provide a platform for discussion and debate including over 108 presentations – representing 92 institutions from all over the world.  The programme includes a number of presentations from Cambridge English Language Assessment where experts will share research based on the Cambridge English exams which are taken by more than four million people every year in 130 countries.
Sarah Ellis, Head of Assessment Southern Europe from Cambridge English Language Assessment, said:
“Cambridge has the largest dedicated research team of any language assessment body in the world and the ALTE conference enables us to share this research with a wider community and to gain valuable insights from the teaching and testing of other languages. ALTE’s international conferences are incredibly stimulating events for anyone involved in language teaching, learning or assessment. This year the conference will be particularly important because it focuses on an issue that is vitally important in every country.”
The Association of Language Testers in Europe has invited a number of other speakers including five influential voices to give their views on these different strands:
•              Diversity
•              Fairness and quality
•              Intercultural communication
•              Mobility.
The five plenary speakers are: Dr Lid King (Director, The Languages Company, UK); Anne Gallagher (Associate Dean of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy and Director of the Language Centre at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland); Dr Jessica R.W. Wu (R&D Program Director, The Language Training & Testing Center (LTTC), Taipei, Taiwan); David Graddol (Director, The English Company (UK) Ltd, United Kingdom); Bruno Mègre (Head of the Assessment and Evaluation Department at the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) in France.
The conference will take place in Paris, from 10–11 April, at the Maison Internationale, part of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.
Further information on ALTE Paris 2014: http://events.cambridgeenglish.org/alte-2014/index.html

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