EFL Testing and Evaluation Forum
The Hellenic American Union organized a forum on EFL Testing & Evaluation which was held on October 15 & 16, 2004 at the Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece.
The Forum provided a unique opportunity for EFL practitioners, university professors, test developers, materials writers and independent researchers from both the private and public sectors in Greece, Turkey and the Mediterranean region to gain greater insight into best practices in testing today. The Forum featured 9 distinguished guest speakers, each an internationally recognized expert in the field of language testing and evaluation today. Themes presented at the forum included the washback effect, test validation, test development, common European validation studies, technology in language testing and testing of specific language skills (listening, speaking reading and writing).
The forum opened on Friday evening with an inaugural presentation followed by a hosted reception. Forty-minute talks by the invited speakers followed by a ten-minute question period were scheduled in succession throughout the day on Saturday. The forum came to a close on Saturday evening.
Optional Excursion: Full Day Epidaurus – Nafplion with Lunch
Full-Day / Dep.: 08.15 a.m. Ret.: 6.30 p.m.
We depart for a Full Day tour to eastern coastal plain of Peloponnese.
The Peloponnese, which is linked to Attica by the Isthmus of Corinth, now breached by the Corinth Canal, is a vast and mountainous peninsula.
Start the day with a scenic drive along the coast towards Peloponnese and stop at the famous Corinth Canal – an impressive cut through the rocks which connect the Aegean with the Ionian seas.
Proceed then to Epidaurus, where the ancient sanctuary of Asklepeios (God of Medicin) is located. Mainly erected during the 3rd and 4th centuries BC, the sanctuary was built next to the stadium in which athletic and musical contests were held every four years. We then continue with visit of the best preserved open-air theater with the amazing acoustics. View the dwellings of the priests, the doctors, a gymnasium, baths and other structures.
The Museum exhibits pieces from the temple of Asklepeios, Roman portraits, inscriptions, valuable texts from the history of medicine among other treasures.
We continue towards Nafplion. The city of Nafplion, which has been the first capital of Greece, is located on a peninsula south of Athens at a distance of 140 km.
Due to its microclimate, there seems to be no winter in the Nafplion area. The weather is almost always warm and sunny, summer and spring like during the all year round.
Arriving at Nafplion, one will experience the majestic view of the three castles – the symbols of the city. Protected from the land by two castles, Palamidi and Akronafplia and from the sea by the third, Bourtzi, built on the small island at the entrance to the Argolic bay. The old city with its neoclassic houses, picturesque streets, wooden balconies with cascading flowers, Turkish fountains, Constitution (Syntagma) Square with its fascinating mosques and outdoor cafe tables is like a fairy land.
You feel like immersing yourself in its history, burrowing into its past at the house of the Regent Mauer, the Military Academy, the Parliament House or St. Spyridon's, the church where Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece, was assassinated. And the fairy tale world continues, whether you climb up the 857 steps to the Venetian Fortress of Palamidi crowning the city, wander round the battlements of Acronafpia or pop over to the fortified islet, Bourtzi, afloat in the middle of the bay.
Nafplio is full of the joy of life with the little restaurants on the waterfront, the open-air cinemas, the bars and the music that every evening takes you closer to the people, the sea and the stars.
After a walking tour in the town we will enjoy lunch at one of the numerous picturesque small taverns. Return to Athens in the early evening.
Tour Price includes:
- Transportation by either 20seater or 30seater or 50seater coach.
- English speaking professional guide.
- Entrance fees to Epidaurus.
- Lunch in Nafplion (set menu)-drinks are excluded.