|Spiros Papageorgiou is a language assessment specialist in the English Language Institute of the University of Michigan. He is involved in designing and conducting research projects related to testing programs and in overseeing and managing all stages of test development projects at the University of Michigan. Spiros has a PhD in language testing and an M.A. in language studies from Lancaster University, and a B.A. in English language and linguistics from the University of Athens. He has worked as a teacher of English in Greece and has taught undergraduate courses in Linguistics at Lancaster University. He has participated in a number of standard setting projects in Europe, consulting examination providers on the process of relating their examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference and has presented his work in various international conferences. His PhD dissertation won in 2009 the Jacqueline Ross TOEFL® Dissertation Award and has been published by Peter Lang. This interview was conducted in person in February 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the University of Michigan main campus is located.|
[ p. 14 ]Thanks to the expertise of our in-house test development team and other testing researchers in the Institute, we managed to launch the program in January 2009 - a great accomplishment, given the very ambitious launch schedule. The MET has been very successful in Latin American countries and test taker numbers increase every time we administer a new form. We believe that this success is because of the following features:
|"The CEFR should not be misunderstood, as one of its authors has pointed out, as a cookbook for the development of language tests."|
[ p. 15 ]Can you go into a bit more detail about how the ELI makes these judgments in practice using the CEFR?
[ p. 16 ]Can you talk a little bit about the difficulties involved in setting such standards?
|"no matter how laborious standard setting might be, it is as important as all other stages of test development and validation. "|
[ p. 17 ]Council of Europe (2003). Manual for relating language examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment. Preliminary pilot version. Strasbourg: Author.
- Some University of Michigan Resources -Michigan English Test CEFR Equivalence Table:
Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English Practice Material: