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Evaluation being one of the four thematic strands of the 3rd Medium-Term Programme, the GULT Project will contribute to the improvement of language testing at university level. The GULT Project is based on the expertise of the individual team members and of two European language testing associations / networks at university level: the UNIcert network (initially a German network of university language centres which has developed a framework for language teaching and testing at university level and which acts as an accreditation system; now also present in Austria, France and - through the franchise system UNIcert LUCE- in Slovakia and the Czech Republic) and the French CLES examination system ("Certificat de compétence en langues de l'enseignement supérieur"). Whereas the strengths of the UNIcert system lie in the area of LSP testing ("languages for specific purposes") at CEFR levels C1 and C2, the CLES has developed a task-based approach for university language testing - mainly at CEFR levels B1 and B2. Both testing systems and the competence of the four team members represent an ideal basis for further development of university language testing. The guidelines to be developed by the GULT Project will be available to all universities in Europe and beyond (i.e. university language centres, departments of philology and of other disciplines, which offer LSP teaching and tests), and will be piloted and disseminated through the CercleS association (Confédération Européenne des Centres de Langues de l'Enseignement Supérieur) and national associations of university language centres: e.g. AKS (Germany), CASAJC (Czech Republic and Slovakia), FINELC (Finland), RANACLES (France). These associations do not only comprise university language centres but also departments of philology and departments of other disciplines.

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