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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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Test Writing: creative thinking in action

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Abstract: An important aspect of many language courses is the form of final evaluation that is set. This chapter proposes to investigate the tasks carried out by a specific Test Development Team (TDT). It involves an analysis of the thinking and working behind the final evaluations used in a series of courses organised jointly by the Region of Calabria and the Language Centre at University of Calabria. The evaluations were aimed at learners of various backgrounds and levels. Each final assessment was designed to assign the appropriate CEFR level to the learners.

We intend to investigate the working and creative process in the Test Development Team working to provide final assessment tools for these courses. The chapter will use data coming from questionnaires (used to survey the working of this particular group), which included questions concerning the creative thinking and reasoning behind the development of a test, the various problematics which arose during the process, and the solutions the group suggested in order to overcome the problems.

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