Announcement: Cambridge English Global Survey 2016
Cambridge English Language Assessment is to launch a major new initiative to help national and regional governments raise standards of language teaching and learning around the world.
The Cambridge English Global Survey will provide an objective, in-depth profile of the language skills of learners in schools, using a representative sample from each country. Standardised assessments aligned to international standards will cover all four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. The assessment system will be backed up by detailed research to give a clear understanding of the effectiveness of language teaching and learning and will identify opportunities for improvement.
Cambridge English offers a uniquely integrated package of assessment, research-based analysis and practical solutions covering the complete range of requirements for language teaching and learning. This will help users of the survey to understand how effectively the performance of their students in English compares to international standards.
The Cambridge English Global Survey builds on our extensive experience in carrying out large-scale benchmarking studies all over the world and in supporting language reform programmes in compulsory education. In the past decade, we have worked with many education ministries, including projects in Europe, Latin America, many parts of Asia and the Middle East. Recent surveys have been carried out on behalf of the governments of Chile, Colombia, Malaysia and Thailand, and in Chile alone we tested nearly 200,000 students in 2012.
Although the Cambridge English Global Survey will focus on English, opportunities to assess other widely taught languages will be offered through the SurveyLang Consortium. SurveyLang was formed in 2008 to carry out the first European Survey on Language Competences (ESLC) on behalf of the European Commission and was coordinated by Cambridge English. It delivered the final report in 2012 covering 5 languages across 16 European jurisdictions.
Further information about the programme will be published in March 2014, and the survey itself will be rolled out in 2016.