Benchmarking EAP written assessment with the CEFR
Roche, T 2019, Benchmarking EAP written assessment with the CEFR, paper presented to the UECA Assessment Symposoum 2019, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, 13-14 July.
In the Australian higher education sector, there is often debate about the English language proficiency standards of our international students.
This paper presents a brief overview of a nation-wide initiative assessing the language standards of Direct Entry and ELICOS pathway programs. The presentation shares learnings from UECA’s Benchmarking Project involving some 60 assessors from 20 Australian University Centres using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to externally validate university partners’ writing assessments and international student work samples. The session will explore the advantages and challenges of using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as a tool for benchmarking samples of students’ EAP written work. The session will also provide the opportunity for participants to engage in an exercise of assessing written work sample using the CEFR.