ALTE: Association of Language Testers in Europe

The Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) was established in 1989 by the Universities of Cambridge and Salamanca to provide a European platform to accommodate the growing need for common standards in language testing as a result of developments in plurilingualism across the continent.

The organisation’s ‘initial aim was to establish common standards for language testing across Europe, thereby supporting multilingualism and helping preserve the rich linguistic heritage of Europe’ and to provide individual test takers with access to language qualifications that were a fair and accurate assessment of their linguistic ability, which were recognised around the world, and ‘which could be accurately compared to qualifications in other languages’.

ALTE now has 33 members, including some of the world’s leading language assessment bodies, and 40 institutional affiliates as well as several hundred individual affiliates.

To learn more about ALTE, their bi-annual conference (next: 21-23 November 2012, Goethe Institut, Munich), and about their summer courses for language testers, please follow the link to their website.

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