The 5th Annual EALTA Conference

Pre-conference workshops

This year, instead of 2 pre-conference workshops, there will be a research colloquium devoted to Standard Setting and a workshop on Classroom Assessment.

Important Note: If you want to participate in the Research Colloquium: Standard Setting or the Workshop on Classroom Assessment, please fill in and send the Application Forms by January 15.

About the Accommodation: You can book your accommodation when you register online for the conference. Once you have registered, please follow the and enter the code in the space provided on the Booking Form for the Titania Hotel. This code is valid just for the EALTA participants, so please note that it should not be shared with others who will not be attending the conference. The offer is valid up until the end of March.


Research Colloquium:  Standard Setting

A pre-conference research colloquium, entitled Standard Setting Research and its Relevance to the CEFR, will be organized, with the cooperation of CITO and the support of the Council of Europe. The colloquium will count on the participation of F. Kaftandjieva, and N. Verhelst, among other experts in the field. The principal activity of the colloquium, however, will be presentations, subject to approval by application, by those interested in having their standard setting projects presented, discussed and commented on by recognized experts and colleagues. This research colloquium can be seen as a continuation of the Barcelona pre-conference workshop on standard setting held in June 2007.

The colloquium is not intended to serve as validation of standard setting projects, but as a forum where researchers will be able to share, discuss and try to resolve together some standard setting issues and challenges.

On application, some places will also be made available to non-presenters, though the number attending will be limited to 30.

Those who want to participate in the colloquium should fill in and send the Application form to Neus Figueras ( ) by January 15. The applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection by January 31.



Classroom Assessment

After establishing the particular interests and needs of participants, e.g., with respect to the age/levels of students and target languages, this workshop will begin by considering central issues relating to classroom assessment, presenting alternative methods and tools which may be used in this assessment. The second and third days of the workshop will be focused on classroom assessment of the written and the spoken languages respectively. Participants will be given concrete tasks, handling actual classroom data, which will develop their competence in using a range of assessment methods and instruments. These will, to some extent but not exclusively, involve the CEFR/ELP. A final session on day 3 will draw together the threads and sum up the achievements of the workshop.

While English will be the working language of the workshop, and will, to a large extent, be reflected in the materials used, it is hoped that material in other target languages may be incorporated in the practical tasks. It is therefore important that a profile of the participants’ L1s, as well as their competence in other languages, is provided in advance.

Information about the workshop presenters:

Angela Hasselgreen is Professor of English Language and Didactics at Bergen University College, Faculty of Teacher Education (Norway). She has many years experience as teacher andteacher trainer, and has coordinated several international projects in the area of language assessment. She has published books and articles on this subject. She is currently coordinating a project on the assessment young learner literacy, as part of the ECML's third medium term program.

Barbara Blair is a lecturer at the Faculty of Education at Bergen University College in Bergen, Norway. One of the various subjects she teaches is methodology, in which assessment is a core topic. In addition, she has a 20% position working with the National Tests of English group.

Those who want to participate in the workshop should fill in and send the Application form to Angela Maria Hasselgreen ( by January 15.  The number of places will be limited to 30.  The applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection by January 31.