2015 IATEFL Annual Conference

IATEFL BESIG/TEASIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE)

The theme for the IATEFL BESIG/TEASIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE):

‘Testing more than just English – What do we need to know and how can we test in the best way for our purposes?’

Sponsored by Cambridge English

To attend the IATEFL BESIG/TEASIG Pre-Conference Event you need to book your place at the IATEFL Annual Conference 2015 in Manchester. You´ll find the online booking form on this page: IATEFL Annual Conference Booking

Friday 10 April 2015    10.00 – 17.00

Testing is becoming an increasingly important area of language teaching, including the teaching of specialised English. It is often assumed that teachers of Business English, for example,  automatically know how to set, score and run tests, but this is in fact not always the case. The joint PCE offered by BESIG and TEASIG will focus on the testing of more than just language and cover general principles of test setting, constructing tests for different purposes, and deal with the issues of testing knowledge, skills and intercultural competence.       

The PCE presenters will deal with, among other things, the following questions: What do teachers need to know about testing in order to set valid and reliable tests? Are teachers always the best test-setters and testers? What is the main purpose of tests? How can tests be useful and valid? How can we test more than just language and should we do this? What are the differences between oral and written tests? The PCE will end with a panel discussion where delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions, raise issues and deal with any open issues.  The speakers are international experts who will share their expertise and experience with BESIG and TEASIG members.




Rudi Camerer

elc: European Language Competence, Frankfurt & Saarbrücken, Germany 

‘Testing intercultural competence’


Barry O'Sullivan

British Council, UK

¨Principles of testing¨




JoAnn Salvisberg

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts School of Business, Switzerland

'Testing oral skills'


Ivana Vidakovic

Cambridge English Language Assessment, UK                       

'Workplace English'