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ECL Language Test Awarded the German Association for Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) Quality Mark
The ECL International Language Examination Center and AFU GmbH are pleased to announce that, as the result of a successful audit, the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) has awarded the ECL German language examinations its quality mark (i.e. Q-mark) for levels A2, B1, B2 and C1. With this quality mark, the auditing experts certify that the ECL tests in German meet the 17 minimum standards established to ensure the quality profile of the language exams. Consequently, starting in February 2021 the ECL international certificates will bear the ALTE quality mark for candidates who successfully pass the paper-based examination. With this recognition, the ECL German language exam can now be associated with exam systems already bearing the ALTE trademark, such as Goethe, ÖSD, telc and TestDaf. Additionally, AFU GmbH – the organization responsible for developing the ECL tests in German – has become a full member of ALTE.Further Information: https://www.alte.org/Our-Full-Members https://www.alte.org/resources/Documents/2020-12-18%20ALTE%20Framework%20v34(b).pdf
SZABÓ Language Prize
Please be informed that due to the coronavirus epidemic the deadline for the submission of your applications for the SZABÓ Language Prize has been extended until 14 August 2020. Apart from the date of submission, the conditions of the Call for Applications have not changed. We are eagerly looking forward to your application documentations.Best regards, Szabó Szilvia
Seal of Biliteracy
The Department of Education of Virginia has approved ECL language exam in 15 ECL languages at level B1 as a proof of evidence of Biliteracy Seal for those graduating in 2021.More information: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation/diploma_seals/seal_of_biliteracy/acceptable-evidence-of-proficiency.docx
Epidemiological Situation – Update
As a result of the current health emergency, to prevent the spread of this dangerous epidemic threatening the security of persons and property and to preserve the health of citizens, all language examination activities have been suspended for an indefinite period of time and postponed to a later date.
Accordingly, the language exams scheduled for April are postponed to a later date both at the examination centre and at examination sites. The new exam date will be announced as soon as possible based on developments related to the epidemiological situation.
The exam applications that candidates have completed are valid, and the exam fee that candidates have paid is binding. At this time there is nothing that candidates who have already registered for the April exam session are required to do. The submitted applications will be automatically valid for the new exam date that will be announced in the future.
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SZABÓ Language Prize 2020
The number of words for each level of the ECL writing tasks is going to change from OctoberRead more
Common European Framework of Reference for language learning and teaching
We are more than proud to disclose that the experts of ECL Examinations contributed to the further development of the CEFR descriptors. Our professionals took part in the validation of the descriptors for mediation, online interaction, reactions to literature and plurilingual/pluricultural competence, and assisted in their initial piloting.https://rm.coe.int/common-european-framework-of-reference-for-languages-learning-teaching/168074a4e2
New video course in General Bulgarian as a Foreign Language
The brand new video course in General Bulgarian as a Foreign Language at level A1-A2 aims at self-study and teaching Bulgarian language to English speaking foreign students. The video course was designed in 2016-2017 by a team of 6 authors, teaching Bulgarian at the Medical University in Varna. It is suitable for preparing for certification of language achievement on the ECL language exam system. >>>>>>>
ECL Examinations is opening a new exam centre in Hai Phong, Vietnam.
In January 2017, two assessment experts, Ms Réka Werner and Mr Robert Märcz, from the International Centre of ECL Examinations (Pécs, Hungary) provided a week-long training in Hai Phong. The aim of the programme was to train future examiners who, in the future, would provide ECL exams in German and English languages in Vietnam.