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Developing English language tests for Luxembourg secondary schools: The Test Design and Evaluation (TDE) project, 2011-2014

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Publication date2014
Place of PublicationLancaster
PublisherLancaster University
Number of pages27
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This report describes the activities, achievements and outcomes of an English language secondary school exam reform project in Luxembourg. In 2010, as part of reforms and development of English language teaching in Luxembourg secondary schools, a number of stakeholders identified the existing system of testing and assessment to be an obstacle in making the desirable progress. At the same time, those involved recognised that there was a relative lack of formal expertise in language testing and assessment amongst the teaching body.Out of this concern arose the Test Design and Evaluation (TDE) initiative in 2011. A  group of teachers proposed to improve the existing exams, whilst at the same time building up language testing expertise within the country as a step towards establishing a more professional basis for the design of tests. This report describes the training and test development activities that have taken place during the first three years of the project, and formulates a number of recommendations to ensure the sustainability of the high-quality assessment work that has been accomplished.