Assessment in ELT – Opportunities and Challenges


  • 21 – 22 November 2014 (Auditoriums 1 and 2, FCSH; conference)
  • 6 December 2014 (workshop follow-up exclusive for English teachers in Portugal who need creditation; Auditorium 2, FCSH; the programme is confirmed by CCPFC and the code is CCPFC/ACC-79076/14; 1 credit will be awarded)
    • 10.00 – 10.15 – Welcome and introduction
    • 10.15 – 12.00 (including coffee break) – Vanessa Boutefeu, “English language assessment within the Portuguese educational context: opportunities and challenges”
    • 12.00 – 13.00 – Rogério Puga, “Imagology in the Classroom: Representing (What?) Culture(s) in 11th Grade English Textbooks (2014) in Portugal”.
    • 14.00 – 14.30 – Ana Matos on report writing (Room 2:04)
    • 14.30 – 15.30 – David Hardisty, exploring FCSH data bases (Room 2:04)
    • 15.30 – 18.00 Research work (those who want to stay at FCSH can take advantage of our digital libraries and databases, otherwise the research work can be done at home)
  • Deadline for sending the reports: 15 Jan 2015
  • Email:
  • To pick up the certificates: Núcleo de Formação ao Longo da Vida – NFLV ( Torre B, 1º andar
  • NB You must bring the “declaração” from your school.
Official contact: (UPDATED ON 13-nov-2014)

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  • General fee: € 80 (without presentation)
  • Presenters’ fee: € 60
  • TEALS members: free
  • UNL student (BA and MA) fee: € 40 (Student affiliation proof required)
  • Orientadores de escolas cooperantes dos estágios de Inglês da FCSH: gratuito
  • Docentes de Inglês das escolas cooperantes dos estágios de Inglês da FCSH: € 60
  • Registration is open to anyone who wishes to attend the conference.
  • All fees must be paid until 31 October. After this, you should add 20% to the above prices.
  • Important dates and payment:
    • Registration: now open until 20th November
    • Registration form (click to open with Word). Send it by email to:

    • Please attach proof of payment to your registration form (add a scanned copy of your “Multibanco” receipt or add our email to your online transfer).
    • Registration is limited to 100 participants, due to the capacity of our auditoriums.
    • If you wish to attend our conference dinner, do please add 20 euros to your payment or pay on arrival to the Conference

Keynote speakers

david_littleDavid Little retired in 2008 as Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Head of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. His principal research interests are the theory and practice of learner autonomy in second language education, the exploitation of linguistic diversity in schools and classrooms, and the use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to support the design of second language curricula, teaching and assessment. Starting in 1998, he played a leading role in the development and implementation of the European Language Portfolio, and he remains a member of several Council of Europe expert groups.


Joan Turner is a Reader in Writing Research and Intercultural Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is Director of the Centre for English Language and Academic Writing there, and a board member of the research Centre for Language Culture and Learning.  Her background is in language studies and language teaching, with specialisations in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and Intercultural Communication. She is also interested more widely in cultural theory. Her 2011 book, Language in the Academy: Cultural Reflexivity and Intercultural Dynamics critiqued the perception of language and language work in the academy, as well as emphasize the constitutive dynamism of the intercultural in pedagogic practice. Other recent publications include: “Researching Intercultural Communication in a UK Higher Education Context” with Masako Hiraga, in Jin, L. & Cortazzi, M. (2013)(eds.) Researching Intercultural Communication, Palgrave Macmillan; and Academic Literacies: Providing a Space for the Socio-political Dynamics of EAP (2012) in Journal of English for Academic Purposes 11(1), 17-25.

neus_fNeus Figueras Casanovas holds a PhD in language testing from the University of Barcelona. She is currently working in the Departament d’Ensenyament de la Generalitat de Catalunya, where she coordinates the certificate exams for the Escoles Oficials d’Idiomes. She is also lecturing part-time at the University of Barcelona and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She has been involved in a number of international research and development projects (Speakeasy, Dialang, Ceftrain) and collaborates regularly with the Council of Europe in the dissemination of the Common European Framework of Reference in relation with testing and assessment. She has published articles in the field of language teaching and assessment and is one of the authors of the Manual for Relating examinations to the CEFR (Council of Europe, 2009). She has recently published, with Fuensanta Puig, Pautas para la evaluación del español como lengua extranjera (2013). Edinumen. She has been a teacher trainer for over 20 years, and has given courses and presented in universities in Spain and in different European countries, in Asia and the USA. She was the first President (2004-7) of EALTA (European Association for Language Testing and Assessment), and she is now an expert member.


  • Title and abstract (maximum 150 words) submission: 30 June, 2014
  • Send it by email to:
  • Notification of Paper Decision: 14 July, 2014

Topics for discussion:

  • Assessment literacy
  • Classroom assessment
  • Learning-oriented assessment
  • Writing classroom tests
  • Assessing writing
  • Assessing speaking
  • Assessing CLIL
  • Assessment and the CEFR
  • Competence-based assessment
  • Assessing intercultural competence
  • Self-assessment & learner autonomy
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Backwash and impact

General information:

Auditório 1 / Auditorium 1
 (Main building or Tower B, 1st floor)
  • The official language for the conference, including presentations and  submissions, is English. Each presentation should be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Each keynote talk will take 45 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Since we will have 2 very busy days, it is crucial that every speaker respects his/her time limit.
  • If participants want to move from one auditorium to another, will you please do it during question time and not during presentation time out of courtesy to speakers.
  • The extra day of the Conference on 6 December 2014 is intended for Portuguese teachers only who need to submit a report for evaluation and creditation.
  • An attendance sheet for Portuguese teachers attending for “crédito de formação”will be available permanently at the registration desk and can be signed anytime during the day.
  • A selection of papers, on invitation, will be published in our E-Teals: an e-journal of Teacher Education and Applied Language Studies (peer reviewed) in 2015. Selected authors will be contacted later.


Assessment in ELT ? Opportunities and Challenges – 5th International Conference on Teaching English as a Foreign Language
destinatários:  Professores do Grupo 220 do 2º Ciclo e do Grupo 330 do 3º Ciclo do Ensino Básico
nº de créditos: 1
registo nº         CCPFC/ACC-79076/14
validade:           sexta-feira, 2017-09-15


Style guide adopted:

  • MLA
  • Deadline for sending the reports: 17 Jan 2015
  • Email:
  • To pick up the certificates: Núcleo de Formação ao Longo da Vida – NFLV ( Torre B, 1º andar

Archive of best reports from previous Conferences:

Conference dinner:

Friday, 21 November, 20:30

  • 20 euros per person paid with your enrolment or at the registration desk on arrival (before 5pm)

Map of Restaurante Valbom

Restaurante Valbom Marisqueira
Avenida Conde Valbom, 110

Accommodation (suggestions)

Sana Executive

Avenida Conde Valbom, 56 P – 1050-228 Modern building, strategically situated between Praça de Espanha and the Gulbenkian museum. Special fare for TEFL5 participants.

Sana Executive website
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Vip Executive Barcelona

Rua Laura Alves, 10 P – 1050-138 The closest to FCSH, only 2 minutes walk.

Vip Executive Barcelona website
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VIP Berna

Av. António Serpa, 13, 1069-199 Lisboa

VIP Berna website
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Hotel Alif Campo Pequeno

Campo Pequeno nº51, 1000-090 Lisboa
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Hotel VIP Executive Villa Rica

Av. 5 de Outubro 295, 1000-090 Lisboa

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Organizing committee:

  • Professor Carlos Ceia (Convener)
  • Dr Ana Matos
  • Dr Carolyn Leslie
  • Vanessa Boutefeu
  • David Hardisty
  • Dave Rowlands