Conference results

Many European countries are introducing or formalising linguistic requirements for the purposes of migration, residency and citizenship, and national governments often require language tests or other formal assessment procedures to be used.

More and more experts in the field of language assessment were faced with requests for the development of assessment tools for the purposes of immigration, residency and citizenship. This gave rise to ethical and ideological questions and concerns among many language testing experts. For this reason ALTE – in cooperation with the Council of Europe – decided to write a booklet for policy makers and other experts in the field. The booklet touches upon and discusses important issues like test fairness, mode of assessment, impact of tests, what to test, quality of test development and the question if tests are justifiable for the purpose of immigration, social cohesion and citizenship. These issues are addressed in a rather general way and do not directly apply for a specific country or context. The aim of this booklet is to raise awareness among policy makers and test developers across Europe and beyond.

Published with the permission of the Language Policy Division of the Council of Europe within the framework of the conference “Language and Integration“, 18 and 19 September 2009 in Berlin. This study was first published by the Council of Europe as part of a collection of “Thematic Studies on the linguistic integration of adult migrants” prepared for a seminar organised in Strasbourg in 2008.

Download Symbol Language tests for social cohesion an citizenship, an outline for policymakers  (German, English) (PDF 255 KB)

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    Multilingualism – Languages without borders

    What effect does multilingualism have on political, social, spiritual and cultural life? What value for the economy and science?


    With texts, sound reports and photos, reporters cover four selected projects within the “Multilingualism – Languages without Borders” initiative.