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    • 4 Jun 2024
    • (CEST)
    • 27 Jun 2024
    • (CEST)
    • 6 sessions
    • Online (Microsoft Teams)
    • 13
    Inscripción

    This innovative advanced course in Item Writing for language tests has been created to facilitate the needs of those item writers who need a more in-depth knowledge and solutions. 

    The course also tackles the usage of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Item Writing and will demonstrate how AI can be used in the process. 

    The course will be divided into two parts: Advanced Item Writing sessions, and elements of Artificial Intelligence in Item Writing. 

    In the Item Writing part, you’ll look at the interplay between the language skills in assessment: reading, speaking, listening, and writing.  You’ll discuss choice of task type in relation to CEFR descriptors, in particular, communicative language competency descriptors.  Producing assessment criteria for speaking and writing as well as developing Test specifications and Item Writer Guidelines will also be covered.

    For many organizations Language Test Item Writing has also become a digital process, with the use of digital resources, tools, and online applications. In the Advanced Elements of Artificial Intelligence in Item Writing sessions you will discuss the digital side of Item Writing: item types, configuring automatic or human correction, scores, using metadata, using on-the-fly test generation… 

    You will also discuss questions such as:  

    • How can AI help to generate materials for a test? 
    • Can AI help to define the (CEFR) level of a question? 
    • Can AI (help to) generate full items? 
    • Should item writers think about automatic correction or grading when designing the items?

    The course is divided into two parts across four full days and two half days.  Please see below how the course is structured, so you can plan your calendar accordingly. 

    PART 1:    

    Day 1: 04 June (Tuesday), 10 am* – 1 pm & 2 pm – 5 pm – Advanced Item Writing: Communicative language competences and testing   

    Day 2: 05 June (Wednesday), 10 am – 1 pm (half a day) – Artificial Intelligence in Item Writing 

    Day 3: 06 June (Thursday), 10 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 5 pm – Advanced Item Writing: Communicative language competences and testing    – cont. 


    PART 2:

    Day 1: 25 June (Tuesday), 10 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 5 pm – Advanced Item Writing : Productive skills and assessment criteria

    Day 2: 26 June (Wednesday), 10 am – 1 pm (half a day) – Artificial Intelligence in Item Writing 

    Day 3: 27 June (Thursday), 10 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 5 pm – Advanced Item Writing  Productive skills and assessment criteria – cont.   Developing test Specifications and Item Writer Guidelines.

    *All times are in the CET zone. 

    Although ALTE created the course mainly for those who have participated in the ALTE Item Writing Basic course, the course is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of Item Writing. If you haven’t participated in the ALTE Item Writing Basic course, the course tutor, Annie Broadhead, will run an additional session, so that you can refresh your knowledge, or catch-up if needed. This session is optional but will give you a useful overview and will set you up for the upcoming course. 


    ADDITIONAL SESSION – Item Writing, basics: 

    3 June (Monday), 2 pm – 4 pm CET. 

    Please contact: servicesunit@alte.org if you'd like to participate in the additional session. 
    The price for the session is: 
    ALTE Members: €50;
    General public: €65. 


    Please note that it is possible to join part 1 or part 2 of this course only. 
    However,  we encourage you to participate in both parts as this will be more beneficial, both for you, the tutors and other participants, so the same group can be maintained.  If you would like to join only one part of this course, please contact servicesunit@alte.org .

    CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE

    ALTE will issue a digital certificate of attendance for those who participated in at least 80% of the teaching hours (for the parts of the course they chose when signing up). 

    The tutors are: Annie Broadhead and Bert Wylin, two world-class consultants to deliver this unique and state-of-art course. 

    Annie Broadhead is an Assessment consultant, ESOL teacher trainer, test developer and ELT author based in Cambridge, UK. Annie has run online courses in the Principles of Testing and ALTE Item Writer courses in several countries. Annie has delivered various courses for ALTE across the years, such as ALTE Item Writing Course - Getting to know the basics; 

    Bert Wylin has both an academic and a business profile. He has worked at the KU Leuven since 1993, leading the Education Innovation Centre (integrating EdTech in education). In 2001, he founded a KU Leuven university spin-off, now Televic Education, developing and servicing an e-assessment platform. Bert has delivered various courses for ALTE such as Developing Digital Assessments and Developing Digital Testing with Artificial Intelligence.  

    Payment and Cancellation policy

    Payment is in full when registering. Payment can only be made online using a Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 

    In case of cancellation up until one month before the start of the events, the full amount will be refunded minus a €50 administration fee. However, in the case of cancellation after this date, no refunds can be made.  

    Use of Personal Data Disclaimer

    I agree that by clicking 'Register', the personal data I include in the registration form may be used and held by ALTE staff and third parties, only for the purposes related to the organisation of the ALTE Item Writing - Getting to know the basics course.

    • 16 Sep 2024
    • 27 Sep 2024
    • Online (Microsoft Teams)
    • 9
    Inscripción

    ALTE is organising another online session of the  ALTE Introductory Course in Language Testing which will take place from Monday 16th  September to Friday 27th  September 2024. 

    The course will be presented by  Professor Anthony Green (CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire) and Jane Lloyd (Cambridge University Press and Assessment).
    The course will consist of a mix of recorded lectures and downloadable exercises, alongside a 'live' element where participants meet for an hour and a half a day over the two week-period.  
    The course will provide extensive opportunities for hands-on practice, including in test design, item writing, scoring and quality assurance processes. You will learn most if you prepare fully for this work.

    During the course you will learn:

    • Principles that inform the decisions that individuals and organisations responsible for language assessment systems have to make about their design, content, implementation and use
    • The qualities of language assessments that contribute to their usefulness
    • Approaches to the assessment of the skills that language learners need for communicative success
    • How to connect tasks found on assessments to the tasks involved in real-world language use
    • Practical applications of theoretical and conceptual frameworks in the development and validation of assessments.

    Workload
    This is an intensive, full-time course that requires:

    • A minimum of four hours of independent study each day (reading, carrying out tasks, watching lectures)
    • 90 minutes of course meetings each day (discussions and group tasks)
    • All the activities of each session must be completed before the live session. Please note that the Session 1 and Session 2 pre reading and tasks must be completed prior to the live meeting on the first day.
    • A significant amount time working on course related tasks on the two weekends before the official start date and in the middle of the course.
    This course is supported by the following core text: 

    Green, A.B. (2020) Exploring language assessment and testing (2nd edition). Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-1138388789. 

    As a course participant you will receive a copy of this book ahead of the course start, so you will have time to prepare. 
    Once you register, we will share a detailed programme of the course. 

    Additional Event Information:  

    For group bookings, ALTE advises to book maximum three places per institution. 

    Payment is in full when registering. Payment can only be made online using a Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
    If you cannot pay with a credit/debit card please contact the ALTE Services Unit: servicesunit@alte.org. In such a case we will issue an invoice first, and only then
    a bank transfer will be possible.

    In case of cancellation up until one month before the start of the events, the full amount will be refunded minus an €50 administration fee. If you have received the course book, you do not need to return this if cancelling. However, in the case of cancellation after this date, no refunds can be made.

    Use of Personal Data Disclaimer

    I agree that by clicking 'Register', the personal data I include in the registration form may be used and held by ALTE staff only for the purposes related to the organisation of the ALTE Introductory course in language testing course.

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    • 18 Oct 2024
    • 19 Oct 2024
    • Barcelona, Spain

    Responding to the CEFR Alignment Handbook

    Sharing experience of alignment activities and reflecting on lessons learned - a conference organised by ALTE, British Council, EALTA and UKALTA.

    Hosted by Blanquerna - Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, 18–19 October 2024.

    Call for papers, works-in-progress and posters, now open. Deadline for submissions: 8th May 2024. 

    For more information about the conference and its call for proposals, please see here


    • 6 Nov 2024
    • (UTC+03:00)
    • 8 Nov 2024
    • (UTC+03:00)
    • Istanbul, Türkiye

    ALTE's 61st Meeting and Conference will be hosted by Yunus Emre Institute, and it will take place in Istanbul, Türkiye, from 6th - 8th November 2024.

    The conference will be organised mainly as a face to face event and will include workshops, plenary presentations and also the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to which Members (Full Members/Associate Members and Individual Expert Members) are encouraged to attend.

    Friday 8th November 2024 will be an open conference day for all those with an interest in the field of language testing. The theme of the conference day is:  The Transformative Power of EDI in Language Assessment. 

    More information about this event will be available in due course. 



    • 8 Nov 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC+03:00)
    • Istanbul, Türkiye

    The ALTE 61st Conference Day will take place on Friday 8th November 2024, Istanbul, Türkiye, hosted by our ALTE Member, Yunus Emre Institute.

     Friday 8th November 2024 will be an open conference day for all those with an interest in the field of language testing. The theme of the conference day is: The Transformative Power of EDI in Language Assessment.

    More information about the programme of the event will be available in due course.


    • 2 Apr 2025
    • 9:00 AM (BST)
    • 4 Apr 2025
    • 5:00 PM (BST)
    • Cardiff

    ALTE's 62nd Meeting and Conference will be hosted by CBAC WJEC and it will take place in Cardiff, United Kingdom, from 2nd - 4th April 2025.

    The first 2 days (Wednesday and Thursday) of the event are open only to representatives of ALTE Full Members/Associate Members and Individual Expert Members.

    Friday 4th April 2025 will be an open conference day for all those with an interest in the field of language testing. 

    More information about this event will be available in due course. 


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