CIEP France

July 15th – 18th: Summer School

The Summer School will focus on standard setting in relation to the CEFR, with a particular focus on establishing and maintaining standards across assessments in different languages. The focus will aim to address the issue of selecting a strategy for linking in testing programs that involve assessments in more than one language.

July 19th: Open Colloquium

The colloquium, open to the public, will bring together a number of prominent invited speakers to discuss topical issues related to aligning tests with the CEFR, including the main focus of the Summer School, setting and maintaining standards across languages. In addition, the Colloquium aims to be a platform for interaction and information exchange between the field of language testing and non-experts in government and policy-making arenas. Trainers: Jamie Dunlea (ARG, British Council), Richard Spiby (ARG, British Council), Vincent Folny (CIEP), Margaret Malone (ACTFL). The trainers have extensive experience of standard setting with international frameworks and standards in a range of contexts.

  • Summer School (inc. Colloquium): 285 euros (inc. training, materials, tea/coffee lunch Tuesday-Friday, opening reception).
  • Colloquium only: 20 euros (inc. tea/coffee, lunch).
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July 15 Day 1 Monday

  • 15.00 - Check-in and registration
  • 15.30 - Overview of alignment and linking to the CEFR: background, materials developed by Council of Europe (Manual, Supplement, example items), case studies of linking projects Focus on standard setting across languages: CEFR and ACTFL case studies
  • 18.00 - Reception

July 16 Day 2 Tuesday


  • Overview of standard-setting methodologies   
  • Focus on standard setting for tests of reading   
  • Training and familiarization with CEFR reading scales


  • Carry out standard setting on EFL Reading test items  
  • Reflection and discussion on processes  

July 17 Day 3 Wednesday


  • Explanation of approach and use of FACETS   
  • Split into groups for languages other than English (target languages to be decided)   
  • Groups design their own schedule and activities for the day


  • Carry out standard setting for Reading items in other languages   
  • Reflection and discussion on processes (whole group)

July 18 Day 4 Thursday


  • FACETS linking results of test items across different languages on the same CEFR scale   
  • Discussion and reflection from the group on possible applications for their own contexts


  • Invited expert session: Workshop session on text analysis tools for multiple languages to help define criterial features of proficiency levels (contributing to the multiple sources of evidence needed to support linking claims beyond standard setting)
  • Whole group discussion on standard setting processes, challenges, and applications to their own contexts

July 19 Colloquium (open to the public)

9:00 am: Registration opens

9:30 am: Opening

9:45 to 10:30 am: Plenary 1 Neus Figueras: the Companion volume: implications for standard setting with the CEFR

10:30 to 11:00 am: Coffee break

11:00 to 12:30 am: Symposium 1: Standard setting across languages, techniques and challenges:

Meg Malone, Gregory Cizek, Carol Spoettl, Neus Figueras

12:30 to 2:00 pm: Lunch break

2:00 to 2:45 pm: Plenary 2: Thomas Francois: Text analysis tools for describing languages

2:45 to 3:30 pm: Plenary 3: Constant Leung: Harnessing linguistic resources of linguistically diverse societies

3:30 to 4:00 pm: Coffee break

4:00 to 5:30 pm: Symposium 2: Setting standards in challenging contexts:

Juliana Bahia (Canadian Foreign Service Institute), FCO, Mark Crossey (British Council, experience as testing coordinator and director for Global Peacekeeping English Project), Constant Leung (Kings College, London), Meg Malone, Nicola Davis (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

5:30 pm: Closing