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Cambridge English believes that multilingualism is a vital asset for individuals, organisations, nations and the world as a whole.
As well as providing the world’s leading range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English, we are committed to encouraging and supporting multilingualism across the full range of global, national, regional and community languages. We share resources, knowledge and expertise with language testers and organisations promoting language learning and use, particularly through our membership of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE).
The Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) works closely with testing organisations, schools and academics throughout the world to support the development of language testing in theory and practice.
ALTE was initially formed by the Universities of Cambridge and Salamanca in 1989, and at the first meeting of the association in 1990 there were eight founder members. Since then, membership has grown to 34 members, representing 27 European languages plus over 40 institutional affiliates. Cambridge English hosts the ALTE Secretariat from its head office in Cambridge, and it is managed by our Chief Executive, Dr Michael Milanovic.
ALTE’s Can Do statements, its quality standards and other contributions to language learning and assessment form part of our approach to developing and delivering high-quality examinations. The systems of quality control used by Cambridge English are subject to independent auditing by ALTE.
The CEFR describes language ability in a scale of levels from A1 for beginners up to C2 for those who have mastered a language.
What can learners do at each level?
Cambridge English is a founder member of ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe), a group of leading language testing organisations in Europe. In order to make examination results easier to understand, ALTE members have developed a series of Can Do statements for each of the CEFR levels. These statements describe what language users can typically do with the language at different levels and in different contexts (general, social and tourist, work or study).
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For example, these are the ALTE Can Do statements for general language:
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Cambridge English led an international team of experts in the fields of language assessment, questionnaire design, sampling, translation processes and psychometrics to deliver a unique languages survey for the European Community.
The Survey, the first of its kind, was proposed by the European Commission to provide data about the demographic, social, economic and educational situations that affect linguistic proficiency. There is currently no comparable data of this kind.
The results of this groundbreaking work are set to revolutionise understanding on how languages are taught and learned throughout Europe.
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