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QALSPELL - Quality Assurance in Language for Specific Purposes

The QALSPELL project seeks to establish and promote a common framework for examinations and testing within tertiary-level education particularly Foreign Language for Specific Purposes (LSP), based upon the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. A key innovative aspect to the project is the planned engagement of national authorities in this field to facilitate the transfer of the new methods across tertiary education systems in the partner countries, especially the involved pre-accession countries, which will in turn facilitate student and worker mobility.An initial needs analysis and subsequent report (in EN) will review examination requirements and assessment criteria against the labour market environment in the involved partner countries.Following this, three further development areas are envisaged: development of a framework of unified skill-based LSP exams and tests; a training module for language teachers focussing upon unified testing and assessment procedures (to be developed by the UK partner) and procedures for the adaptation of 'descriptors' in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to local needs. The latter being piloted in all partner countries with teachers of other foreign languages than English. End project results will form the contents of a Handbook of Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) in EN & EE, for use by tertiary education decision-makers, teachers, students and employers. National project teams will organise project information seminars with a final transnational dissemination conference also planned. A dedicated project website will further host project documentation and results.
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