Background to the GULT project

This website results from a project run within the ECML's (European Centre for Modern Languages) Empowering Language Professionals programme entitled "Guidelines for University Language Testing".

Abstract of the project

The GULT Project aims to further develop current trends in language testing, evaluation and assessment. The GULT team will develop guidelines for university language testing within the framework of the CEFR. It will pay special attention to the teaching and testing of LSP (languages for specific purposes) at university and to a task-based approach in language testing. LSP courses are offered at university language centres, at departments of philology and at subject related departments, where the subject specificity varies from a content-based approach to general language courses with some subject-specific topics, and thus do not always correspond to the students' future professional needs.

A task-based approach in the teaching is particularly appropriate to prepare the learners for their future professional life as the teacher can use tasks taken from the academic or professional context of the specific subject, particularly as LSP is defined in real-life and concrete terms, and the definitions stem from the language needs of professionals in a specified subject area. With such an approach the teacher will make sure that the students can succeed in their studies also in a foreign language (especially important for student exchanges) and secondly that they can follow and participate in international development in their own field (especially important for European labour mobility).

A task-based approach in the teaching needs to be reflected in the testing, and task-based testing specifications have to be developed. These guidelines are needed as neither guidelines for LSP testing according to the CEFR nor guidelines for task-based language testing are commonly available for university language testing. These guidelines will be developed in co-operation with subject-specific departments (e.g. departments of engineering, business & economics, natural sciences etc.) and with specialists in departments of philology (e.g. specialists in language testing, in LSP teaching & testing, in task-based language teaching).

Background to the GULT project

This website results from a project run within the ECML's (European Centre for Modern Languages) Empowering Language Professionals programme entitled "Guidelines for University Language Testing".

Abstract of the project

The GULT Project aims to further develop current trends in language testing, evaluation and assessment. The GULT team will develop guidelines for university language testing within the framework of the CEFR. It will pay special attention to the teaching and testing of LSP (languages for specific purposes) at university and to a task-based approach in language testing. LSP courses are offered at university language centres, at departments of philology and at subject related departments, where the subject specificity varies from a content-based approach to general language courses with some subject-specific topics, and thus do not always correspond to the students' future professional needs.

A task-based approach in the teaching is particularly appropriate to prepare the learners for their future professional life as the teacher can use tasks taken from the academic or professional context of the specific subject, particularly as LSP is defined in real-life and concrete terms, and the definitions stem from the language needs of professionals in a specified subject area. With such an approach the teacher will make sure that the students can succeed in their studies also in a foreign language (especially important for student exchanges) and secondly that they can follow and participate in international development in their own field (especially important for European labour mobility).

A task-based approach in the teaching needs to be reflected in the testing, and task-based testing specifications have to be developed. These guidelines are needed as neither guidelines for LSP testing according to the CEFR nor guidelines for task-based language testing are commonly available for university language testing. These guidelines will be developed in co-operation with subject-specific departments (e.g. departments of engineering, business & economics, natural sciences etc.) and with specialists in departments of philology (e.g. specialists in language testing, in LSP teaching & testing, in task-based language teaching).

The project team
Johann Fischer

Johann Fischer: Coordinator
Universität Göttingen
Germany

Catherine Chouissa

Catherine Chouissa
Ministère de l' Education Nationale
France

Stefania Dugovicova

Stefania Dugovičová
Comenius University Bratislava,
Natural Science Faculty
Slovakia 

Anu Virkkunen-Fullenwider Anu Virkkunen-Fullenwider
University of Helsinki Language Centre
Finland
Acknowledgement

The GULT publication and website result from the work of an international network established within one of the ECML projects. We would like to thank all who worked on GULT, in particular the project coordination team for their motivation and active involvement.
 

The project team
Johann Fischer

Johann Fischer: Coordinator
Universität Göttingen
Germany

Catherine Chouissa

Catherine Chouissa
Ministère de l' Education Nationale
France

Stefania Dugovicova

Stefania Dugovičová
Comenius University Bratislava,
Natural Science Faculty
Slovakia 

Anu Virkkunen-Fullenwider Anu Virkkunen-Fullenwider
University of Helsinki Language Centre
Finland
Acknowledgement

The GULT publication and website result from the work of an international network established within one of the ECML projects. We would like to thank all who worked on GULT, in particular the project coordination team for their motivation and active involvement.
 

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