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The Department of English Studies of the University of Cyprus hosted the 3rd EALTA-CBLA (Classroom-Based Language Assessment) SIG Symposium on the 2nd and 3rd of November last year. The two-day event focussed on the washback effect language assessment exerts on students. EALTA (European Association for Language Testing and Assessment) has many -...

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The Big SIG Day is one of our oldest and longest-standing event. Every year the four Special Interest Groups, Young Learners, EAP/ ESP, Drama and Literature and MM / CALL, or Learning Technologies, join forces in a mini convention that features presentations for all interests. In recent years it also features a plenary session. This year, we were...

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Within the framework of the “Language Rich Europe” (LRE) project, the Research Centre for Language Teaching, Testing and Assessment (RCeL) of the University of Athens, in collaboration with the Centre for the Greek Language, organized, on November 3, a Workshop in order to present the Survey Lang’s interim report’s findings for...

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British Council FCEfS candidates receive practical exam tips from Cambridge ESOL in a special event that leaves students, parents and their teachers enthused! Candidates, who registered to take the First Certificate in English for Schools exam in December 2012 with the British Council, were given the opportunity to attend a pre-exam seminar in Athens...

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