19-21 September 2017
The CEFR in Tertiary Education – the central theme of the conference organised by Nicolaus Copernicus University attracted speakers and participants from all over Central Europe and beyond with plenary speakers like Brian North, Michael Byram, Waldemar Martyniuk and Michael Mayor, some of the most authentic voices when it comes to the Framework. On behalf of Euroexam International, Kristof Hegedus, Director for Academic Development, gave a well-received presentation about the challenges of enhancing the reliability of high-stakes tests in an international higher education setting.
The conference had as its main aim to highlight recent advances and challenges in a range of fields related to the CEFR, such as applying the CEFR in language curricula and teaching, the role of the CEFR in teacher education and integrating the CEFR and intercultural competence. We heard some thought-provoking talks and participated in practice-centred workshops that will undoubtedly result in a great deal of cross-fertilisation among academic staff at many universities across Europe.
Perhaps one of the most keenly awaited plenary talks was that of Professor Martyniuk as it afforded the audience a sneak peek into the very recently published Companion Volume to the CEFR.
As for our academic director’s talk, it outlined the difficulties of assessing subjectively-marked products in language testing, and offered what our research shows to be a suitable method for raising both reliability and transparency in returning results that test-takers can potentially use to enter EMI programmes at university level. It was our pleasure to have questions and comments after the session from professionals with a range of backgrounds, from students at Comenius University, to lecturers and testing professionals from prestigious organisations such as the Cito institute from the Netherlands.