CaMLA research mission
The mission of CaMLA’s Research Division is to support product development and test revision, to prepare evidence of test quality and validity for all CaMLA’s products, to contribute to test recognition activities, and to actively participate in the language testing field by asking and addressing questions of interest to researchers and practitioners.
CaMLA research activities
CaMLA engages with this mission through a variety of activities:
- Test reports (annual reports and technical reviews for each proficiency examination) provide evidence of the soundness of each test administration and contribute to the validity evidence for the exams (ECCE, ECPE, MELAB, MET, and YLTE). They are useful for exam recognition activities and can also inform the agenda for test revision and research.
- Technical Reports summarize key activities such as the development of new test products or studies to link CaMLA’s tests to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
- CaMLA Working Papers present the findings from research undertaken as part of the Spaan Research Grant program or original research projects conducted by CaMLA staff.
- Spaan Research Grants provide financial support to cover the cost of data collection or analyses for those who wish to carry out original research projects related to one or more CaMLA tests.
- Internships provide experiences that focus on assessment activities relating to test design and construction or contribute to test review and research activities.
CaMLA research activities and the Hellenic American Union
The Hellenic American Union, drawing on its expertise developed through the uninterrupted administration in Greece of the University of Michigan examinations since 1957, is an active participant in CaMLA research and development projects. HAU’s participation in CaMLA research includes:
Regular mock speaking and writing examinations used to provide data on
- test item difficulty levels
- examiner behavior
- testing and rater training procedures
- Pilot testing projects towards the intended introduction of new assessments by CaMLA