Thursday 1 July 2021

Validity is the most important quality in any assessment system. In the last decades, this concept has been evolving from the perspective of being considered as a characteristic of the assessment instrument to being understood as a process of data gathering which allows to validate the uses and interpretations made of assessment results. (Mendoza, 2015; O’Sullivan & Chalhoub-Deville 2020).

With this in mind, the workshop will briefly outline the present state of affairs in relation to validation and present different existing approaches and models in the field of language assessment. The presenters will address issues related with any validation process and the participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the implications of a validation process and on how to adapt and/or put them into practice with the resources available in their own context. 

Participants will receive two weeks in advance activities to prepare for the workshop

The workshop will be delivered in Spanish.


Neus Figueras

Workshop Presenter - MA tutor - University of Barcelona/ Former coordinator of the Exams and Curriculum Unit , Catalan Ministry of Education, Spain

She has been involved in a big number of international research and development projects related to assessment in Europe, Asia and the USA. Teacher of the University of Barcelona MA for over 10 years. She collaborates in the dissemination of the CEFR in testing and assessment and is one of the authors of the Manual for Relating examinations to the CEFR (Council of Europe, 2009). She is a founding member of EALTA (European Association for Language Testing and Assessment). 

Oscar Soler-Canela

Workshop Presenter - Officer at the Test Validation Unit/Teacher, Instituto Cervantes, Spain

He holds an MA in Language Teaching from Lancaster University, with a focus in language testing and relating examinations to the CEFR. He has been a teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language for more than 20 years and has taught SFL in Tunisia, UK, USA and Egypt. He currently works in the design, development and validation of the official DELE examinations and has been involved in the development of the SICELE (International System of Certification of Spanish as a Foreign Language).