Forum on Language Assessment for Migration and Integration (LAMI)
The ALTE Forum on Language Assessment for Migration and Integration (LAMI) will take place on Friday 28th April 2023, closing the main conference. The theme of the LAMI Forum is: 'Language testers' advocacy within the migration context'. Interpretation into both Spanish and International Sign Language will be available.
An opening welcome will be provided by the representative of the Spanish Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration.
Delegates attending the ALTE 8th International Conference, either physically or online, are welcome to also attend the LAMI Forum free of charge and won't need to register separately for the LAMI Forum.
If you would like to attend only the LAMI Forum, there is a registration fee of €25. Registration for the LAMI Forum will open on 1 September 2022, here.
Deadline for registration: 14 April 2023
Payment and cancellation policy: payment is in full when registering. Payment can only be made online using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express. In case of cancellation, no refunds can be made.
Social Justice Forum
The ALTE Social Justice Forum will take place from 14.30-17.30 on Thursday 27th April 2023, as part of the main conference as a parallel session in the main conference hall.
Language tests are often portrayed as instruments that open doors to professional and educational opportunities, thereby fostering integration and democratic participation. While it is clearly the case that passing a language test may grant access to education, jobs, and citizenship, it is equally true that not passing such tests denies other candidates these same opportunities. Language tests are tools of selection that function as both door-openers and gatekeepers within a larger societal system. Language tests are never value neutral but represent and reproduce certain ideas of what counts as acceptable and appropriate language forms and language use. In this forum we wish to examine the values underlying language tests as well as the different roles that language tests play in the societal system and discuss whether and how high-stakes language tests can be a force for the good.
To that end, this forum provides a venue for scholars from different disciplines to reflect on the use of high-stakes language tests in society. The presentations will be followed by a discussant tying the topics raised together.
You do not need to book separately for the Social Justice Forum. Interpretation into both Spanish and International Sign Language will be available.