maandag 23 november 2009

New website on first European Survey on Language Competences

A new website offers information about the project of carrying out a Europe-wide survey on language competences. The survey is an initiative of the European Commission to support the development of language learning policies across Europe. The survey will be carried out in 2011 and the first results are expected for 2012. The survey is implemented by the Consortium SurveyLang composed of the following partners: University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations - coordinator, Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP), Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, National Institute for Educational Measurement (CITO), Gallup, Universidad de Salamanca and Universita per Stranieri di Perugia.The survey has been prepared in close co-operation with national authorities across the EU. Its results will provide policy-makers, teachers and practitioners with reliable comparative data on foreign language competences across the EU. It will also offer information on how demographic, social, economic and educational factors affect language proficiency.The data collected in the survey will also be used to construct an indicator which will allow the EU to measure progress towards its objective of improving the learning and teaching of foreign languages across Europe.The new website on the survey is currently available in English, with French, German, Italian and Spanish versions to be added shortly. Factsheets on the survey are available in the five languages as well as materials that will allow participating teachers and students to familiarise themselves with test.

To know more
European Survey on Language Competences website:
European Commission: The European Indicator of Language Competence