10 -11 April 2014

Paris - France

Conference report



The six winners of the first ALTE Scholarships have been announced, each receiving a scholarship to attend the ALTE International Conference in Paris. The winners, who all expressed their delight at being the first to win an ALTE scholarship, are:

Sanja Josifovic-Elezovic, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina:
‘The Conference is an ideal opportunity for delegates from many different backgrounds, working in different contexts, to discuss existing issues, hear new ideas, share best practice and expertise, and learn considerably from each other.’

Leïla Sammou, Université Charles de Gaulle, France:
‘The Conference will improve communication between the French involved in languages and their foreign colleagues; this event is important because many teachers and politicians try to develop multilingualism but need international support to be efficient.’

Anna Soltyska, Language Centre, Ruhr University, Germany:
‘The ALTE Conference is a must for anyone who considers further professional development in the field of language testing. It will certainly help me promote higher standards in language test administration in my university.’

Lavinia-Iunia Vasiu, Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania:
‘The Conference will provide many learning opportunities and I am really looking forward to meeting language teaching professionals from all around the world and to hear and discuss new ideas and perspectives.’

Daniela Kohn, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Victor Babeş, Romania:
‘ALTE is the global laboratory and stage for the language assessment community, in which Romania is trying to establish itself. Entering genuine dialogue with ALTE members is a valuable chance to participate in an important debate directly connected to current teaching, learning and testing practices.’

Dai Tran Thi Xuan, English Language Institute, Vietnam:
‘The issues of language teaching, learning and testing have never been so important or received so much of the Government’s and public’s attention. As a passionate professional, I am looking forward to the insights and experiences presented by speakers and delegates in the field.’

The scholarships were open anyone working or studying in the fields of language learning, teaching and assessment, and who had never attended an ALTE International Conference before. Entrants submitted a short essay on the subject ‘How a good language test can support effective learning’, with winners selected for their originality, relevance and professional insight.