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European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) conference
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6/1/2017 to 6/3/2017
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Where: Sèvres, France
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14th EALTA Conference
1-3 june 2017, Sèvres, France

Language testing and assessment - its role in mobility and social integration

Modern Europe is characterised by student and professional mobility. Whatever the reasons for moving into and within Europe—for example to take up studies, start a new profession, join family, or seek refuge—proficiency in the language of the community in which new arrivals live plays a key role in social and professional integration. The recent arrival of refugees and asylum seekers has added a further layer of mobility and has reinforced the challenge to develop pathways to integration for different groups of people. The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) was developed during the 1990s with the goal of facilitating and encouraging mobility within Europe. At the same time, increased mobility has posed significant challenges. Language testing and assessment has played a role in the way European states have responded to these challenges, with language tests being used in different ways for the procedures governing mid-term residency, immigration and access to citizenship since the 1990s. This trend has also led to an on-going debate on the ethics, justification, fairness and usefulness of the role of using language tests in immigration, integration and mobility contexts.

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