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Cambridge English Language Assessment
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Policy decisions on reform in language education must be based on first-class research and reliable data analysis.
Staff at the Cambridge English Research and Validation unit are experts in the field of language assessment. We can undertake a wide range of research projects to provide decision-makers with intelligence that helps them monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of assessments and make decisions on language learning policies and strategies.
Research we carry out for our clients is absolutely confidential. However, we share our own research with the wider assessment community through publications such as:
Cambridge English Language Assessment led the SurveyLang consortium that delivered the European Survey on Language Competences – a major initiative from the European Commission to support language learning policies across Europe.
The Survey, the first of its kind, was proposed by the European Commission to provide data about demographic, social, economic and educational situations that affect linguistic proficiency. There was previously no comparable data.
The Survey tested the two most widely taught second languages (from English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) in a representative sample of pupils in their final year of lower secondary education. This unique piece of research required the development of specialist assessment and diagnostic tools.
The Field Trial was successfully completed in spring 2010 and the main study was conducted in 2011, with the final statistics and analysis published in 2012.
Read the European Survey on Language Competences case study (PDF 80Kb)