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Can you be tested in Slovene as foreign language? T estiranje slovenščine kot drugega/tujega jezika Ina Ferbežar Center za slovenščino kot drugi/tuji jezik Izpitni center ina.ferbezar@ff.uni-lj.si Konferenca EALTA, Kranjska Gora, 16. maj 2004. Slovene language.

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Can you be tested in Slovene as foreign language? Testiranje slovenščine kot drugega/tujega jezika Ina Ferbežar Center za slovenščino kot drugi/tuji jezikIzpitni centerina.ferbezar@ff.uni-lj.siKonferenca EALTA, Kranjska Gora, 16. maj 2004

slovene language
Slovene language
  • Standard Slovene since 16th century
  • Diglossia Latin/German/Italian
  • Enlightenment movement in 18th century
  • Nationalist movement in 19th century
  • 1848: political programme United Slovenia
  • Monolingualism as a political goal
  • Forced bilingualism: Yugoslavia
language legislation in slovenia
Language legislation in Slovenia
  • Slovene Constitution: Sloveneas official language (+ Italian and Hungarian)
  • Approx. 30 laws referring to the use of Slovene
  • General language law (in the legislative process): polemic
language policy sfl
Language Policy SFL
  • Slovene for Slovenes
    • Grants and other resources for Slovene descendants only
  • Slovene for foreigners
    • Language as a proof of unquestionable loyalty
    • Slovene language considered as rarity/antiquity
    • Slovene language as a functional tool
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Univerza v LjubljaniFilozofska fakultetaOddelek za slovenistikoCenter za slovenščino kot drugi/tuji jezikwww.ff.uni-lj.si/center-slo

programmes
Programmes
  • Slovene language at foreign universities (45 universities, 1000 students/year)
  • Seminar on Slovene language, literature and culture (Slavonic language students and experts)
  • Obdobja Symposium (Slovene studies in linguistic and literature)
  • Slovene language courses
  • Examination centre
history of the examination centre
History of the Examination Centre
  • 1992: first tests SFL administered
  • 1994: Centre for Slovene became an official government-appointed comissionfor testing language ability in Slovene as 2L/FL
  • 1994: Examination Centre founded
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2000: University of Ljubljana (Examination Centre as its representative) became a member of the Association of Language testers in Europe (ALTE)
  • 2000: new three-level SFL exams introduced
  • 2002: TiPS project
activities
Activities
  • Development of Slovene language tests
  • Administration of exams on three levels

- Coordination of 22 authorised centres in Slovenia

  • Item writer, examiner and marker training
slovene language exams
Slovene language exams

Until 2000 only one-level exam; testing grammatical structures and sociocultural knowledge

Since December 2000 new three-level programme Slovenščina za tujce (www.acs.si Programoteka) “communicative language testing” on three levels for various purposes

relation to cefr levels
Basic level

(communication on everyday basis)

Intermediate level

(communication in non-routine tasks)

Advanced level

(creative use of Slovene language)

-B1

B2

C1

Relation to CEFR levels
structure of exams
Structure of exams
  • Listening comprehension
  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing production
  • Spoken interaction
  • Language Structures (Intermediate and Advanced level only)
reasons for sitting the exam
Basic level

Intermediate level

Advanced level

citizenship

study

professional reasons

(60 % medical doctors)

Reasons for sitting the exam
problems concerning testing of sfl
Problems concerning testing of SFL
  • Testing related languages (high level of comprehension due to positive transfer)
  • Nonsistematic language acquisition (basic level – limited access to SFL leaning) – the formation of idiolects (interlanguage)
  • Difficulties at setting the criteria of what kind of language is acceptable (the problem of inter-rater reliability)
  • High-stakes exams
prospectives
Prospectives
  • Acceptance of minimum standards (based on ALTE Code of Practice)
  • Internationally acknowledged certification system (relating Slovene exams to CEFR)
  • Statistical analysis (calibrating tasks etc.)
  • Developing LSP tests
  • Interlanguage and sociolinguistic research
  • Language planning activities
  • Learners corpus
testing in polish and slovene socrates lingua 2 project
Testing in Polish and Slovene: Socrates Lingua 2 Project
  • Partners: Jagellonian University, Krakow, University of Ljubljana, University of Athens, publishing house Universitas
  • Developing materials for language teaching and language assessment for Slovene and Polish as FL (based on similar ALTE documents)
documents
Documents
  • Slovenski pojmovnik s področja jezikovnega testiranja (Glossary of language testing terms)
  • Navodila za avtorje testnega gradiva (Materials for the guidance of test item writers)
  • Kontrolni vprašalniki (Checklists)
  • Preživetvena raven v slovenščini (Breakthrough level specification – FINGS project)
  • Opis ravni jezikovnega znanja (CANDO statements)
relating slovene language standards to cefr
Relating Slovene language standards to CEFR
  • Slovene version of Threshold level (in print)
  • Breakthrough level specification (in print)
  • Slovene version of can-do statements (in print): (self)assessment of language competence in Slovene and other languages – rather abstract statements/descriptors