INTERNATIONAL BILINGUAL CONFERENCE

(English and French)

 

30, 31.8 & 1.9.2007

University of Turku, Finland

 

Assessing language and (inter-)cultural competences in Higher Education

 

                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

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Guidelines for submitting your article

 

 

Target audience:

 

- Staff working in foreign language teaching in higher education (Departments of foreign languages, language centres, institutes for foreign students, etc.);

- Language and (inter-)cultural test developers for/in higher education;

- Graduate and postgraduate students interested in foreign language teaching/learning in higher education;

- Teacher trainers/trainees;

- Intercultural trainers involved in language teaching;

- Researchers in language assessment.

 

 

Aims of the conference

 

The main aim of the conference is to provide a forum for discussing concepts and methods related to assessment of foreign language learning in higher education, with an emphasis on:

 

-        Linguistic competences;

-        Pragmatic and discursive competences in interaction;

-        (Inter-)cultural competences.

 

 Papers are invited on any of the following themes (among others):

 

-        self-assessment & peer-assessment

-        representations / discourse on assessing language and (inter-)cultural competences (teachers & learners)

-        restraints imposed on by institutional contexts in terms assessment

-        grammar/vocabulary vs. pragmatic and discursive competences

-        impact/use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in assessing competences in higher education

-        the use of new technology in assessing competences

-        opportunities for assessing (inter-)cultural competences

 

 

Plenary speakers:

 

Professor Michael Byram

University of Durham, UK

Intercultural competence Š shall we assess or evaluate?

 

Professor Danile Moore

Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada

Developing Intercultural Competences for Teachers in Multicultural Contexts. Voices, Choices and Challenges.

 

Associate Professor Marion Pescheux

UniversitŽ Jean Monnet, St Etienne, France

Conceptualisation mŽtalinguistique et Žvaluation des compŽtences langagires en classe de FLE: rŽflexions sur le positionnement de lÕenseignant en formation initiale ˆ lÕuniversitŽ 

 

Professor Claude Springer

UniversitŽ de Provence, France

New competences, new modes of evaluation for a socially situated plurilingual/pluricultural communication.

 

Professor Sauli Takala

University of JyvŠskylŠ, Finland

Reconciling national assessment practice with CEFR-based assessment: (How) Can it be done?

 

 

 

Scientific Committee:

 

-        Nathalie Auger, University of Montpellier, France

-        Michael Byram, University of Durham, UK

-        Fred Dervin, Department of French Studies, University of Turku, Finland

-        Aleksandra Ljalikova, Department of French Studies, University of Tallinn, Estonia

-        PŠivi Sihvonen, Department of Romance Languages, University of Helsinki, Finland

-        Eija Suomela-Salmi, Department of French Studies, University of Turku, Finland

 

 

Contacts:

 

Tel: +358 (0) 23336041

Fax: +358 (0) 2 3336560

E-mail: assessing@utu.fi

Snail-mail: Assessing language and (inter-)cultural competences, Department of French Studies, Henrikinkatu 2,20014 Turun Yliopisto, Finland

 

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