Guidelines for  task-based university language testing

This publication is a ‘hands-on’ manual for those language teachers and testers who are looking for a valid tool to measure their students’ language skills in a meaningful way.

It shows how to link the language skills taught with those needed in studies and later in working life. It also helps language instructors, who already conduct task-based language courses, to design corresponding tests and to evaluate their students’ language performance. It also highlights the benefits of task-based language testing for all the stakeholders.

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• Decision-makers in university language teaching and testing (e.g., heads of university language centres or language departments)
• Teachers and testers of languages for specific purposes in higher education
• Language teacher educators
• Other stakeholders in university-level language instruction and assessment

The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) is a Council of Europe institution promoting excellence in language education in its 34 member states.
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The publication explains how languages for specific purposes (LSP) can be tested in the university context using a task-based approach. It shows how such an approach to language testing can be used in various settings and how task-based language tests are devised and administered.
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