Assessing B2 exam papers at B2 level through the CEFR lens

This presentation describes our approach, the phases and findings of an ongoing project that started in April 2016 in Norwegian for International Students at the B2 level. The key purpose of the project is to gain and disseminate among the rest of the teachers a common understanding of CEFR`s learning and teaching objectives, to review our assessment practices, and to align them closer to the CEFR´s principles and students` immediate academic context.
After a number of preparatory sessions, and in-depth studies of the CEFR`s principles and guidelines suitable for our academic context, our team of five teachers examined 32 anonymous exam papers through the CEFR lens to find out whether the exam papers’ final results corresponded with the expected B2 level of the CEFR scale.
We compared and discussed the results of our individual assessments in a twofold way: first without, and then with the knowledge of the students’ marks. Our final assessment showed that most D and E exam papers represented B1 or lower levels, and did not conform with the B2 level.
Finally, we hope that further phases of our project will bring forward more reflection on our own assessment practice and help to choose the most appropriate examinations suitable for our students` needs in their academic context.

Referent/in - Presenter/s

Ewa Wapinska, Annely Tomson
(University of Tromso, Norway)

Zeit / Time

  • Freitag / Friday, 24.02.17
  • 14:15 - 14:30 (presenter available for questions)
  • the poster itself is accessible throughout the conference

Raum / Room

Bereich Kaffeestände 3. Ebene

coffee break area 3rd floor

Sprache / Language