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European Projects in University Language Centres

Creativity, Dynamics, Best Practice

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Edited By Carmen Argondizzo

This volume offers a collection of best practices carried out in university contexts with the aim of highlighting the relevant role that Language Centres play in the field of language learning and the benefit they receive from European project planning. Issues such as intercomprehension, integration and diversity, interlinguistic models in disadvantaged migration contexts, audio description, cinema and translation as well as crosscurricular studies for university students, learners’ assessment, the promotion of plurilingualism in enterprises and in the legal field are tackled with special attention on the theoretical and practical dimensions that projects need to consider during the planning, implementation and dissemination actions. The variety of topics shows the daily liveliness that University Language Centres experience and the energy that they offer to the national and international communities. Thus the final chapter attentively explores strategies of Quality Assurance which further enhance the value of team work and project work within and beyond the academic context. This has the aim of promoting both cooperation that crosses geographical boundaries as well as quality in project dynamics which encourages a wide-angled multilingual and multicultural perspective.
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Certificate of English for primary teachers (CEPT): Exam format

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Abstract: On October 13, 2011 AICLU (the Italian Association of University Language Centres) and INDIRE (the National Education Agency) signed an agreement meant to create a network of national examiners, with accreditation by each regional agency, for the certification of B1 level in English on both communicative and methodological competence of primary school teachers in Italy. The University Language Centres of Parma, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Bologna and Ferrara in Emilia Romagna are the sole accredited and official examiners authorized to issue the Certificate of English for Primary School Teachers (CEPT). The Certificate is based on a common format described in details in the AICLU-INDIRE agreement. It is a computer-based exam distributed since 2012 in the different cities of the region through a central server based in Modena and administered by the University Language Centre of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. By illustrating the certification format, the chapter aims to provide details of the prototype of the certification developed by the University Language Centres of the Emilia Romagna region alongside with the theoretical background that constitutes the premises of the Certificate.

1.  Introduction

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