16th International Conference


“Migration and Language Education”

Thessaloniki, Greece, 6-8 October 2017


The role of assessment in the language education
of immigrants and refugees

Sponsored by

Saturday, 7 October 2017
10:00 - 17:00


Professor David Little, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Professor Gudrun Erickson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Dr Déirdre Kirwan, Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní), Blanchardstown, Ireland

Call for participation

The assessment of immigrants’ and refugees’ developing proficiency in the language of schooling will play a central role in whatever measures are taken nationally and locally to provide them with an education that promotes equity and social inclusion. The purpose of this symposium (maximum enrolment 45) is to raise awareness, stimulate networking, and encourage participants to think of designing and launching small-scale collaborative projects.

The symposium will be divided into three sessions, each of which will include work in small groups. The first session will consider the relation between teaching, learning and assessment from the perspective of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and introduce the tools developed by Integrate Ireland Language and Training on the basis of the CEFR’s descriptive scheme and proficiency levels. The second session will consider the two basic functions of assessment, to enhance learning and promote equity, and will address aims, constructs, methods, agency, and consequences: aspects of language testing and assessment related to the questions Why?, What?, How?, Who?, and And…? The third session will describe how assessment is used in Scoil Bhríde: to elicit information about how and what pupils are learning, to identify and affirm learning that has taken place, and to provide support for future learning. The symposium will conclude by briefly relating assessment at school to a larger picture, describing a Swedish national programme that maps the competences of newly arrived immigrant children and teenagers in a number of domains.

The working language of the event will be English.

Participation is limited to 45 persons and there is an extra registration fee of 10€.

For any queries please contact galaconf2017@enl.auth.gr.

More on the Workshop Tentative Programme

Payment options

1. Money Transfer to Piraeus Bank in Euros

IBAN: GR43 0172 2300 0052 3000 3123 701
F/O: Greek Applied Linguistics Association (GALA)
Please quote "Assessment-GALA17" and your name

When making the deposit please make sure that any commission is charged at your bank account.

2. Directly to GALA’s office at Room 306E, 3rd floor of the New Building of the Faculty of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Working dates/hours
24/8-10/9: Thursdays, 11.00-14.00
After 10/9: to be announced  

Registration Form

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