The National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA), Ministry of Education, China and the British Council (BC) jointly released the results of their collaborative research on linking IELTS and Aptis to China's Standards of English Language Ability (CSE). The successful completion of the research marks the official mapping of the CSE to the international examination systems, while demonstrating that Sino-UK educational collaboration has moved to a new stage.
What is “CSE”? Different from “CET4” and “CET6” tests, CSE was developed as the fundamental element of National Foreign Language Assessment Framework. The framework was designed to promote the comprehensive reform and development of foreign language education in China and to cultivate talents with global vision, language proficiency and a comprehensive knowledge of the international community.
The standards categorize the ability of Chinese English learners into nine proficiency levels across the basic, intermediate and advanced stages, defining each level comprehensively through specific, accurate and easy-to-understand descriptors. It applies to all levels of English learners from elementary school to university, and focuses on abilities in communication in everyday life and work, as well as understanding the culture in English-speaking countries.
Launched at the beginning of 2017, the collaborative research on linking IELTS and Aptis to the CSE took two years to complete. The research team referred to previous studies on linking international language tests to language standards and employed a scientific approach which integrated expert judgements and empirical data, collecting evidences from multiple sources.
The linking results will be of particular value to policymakers at educational institutions by helping them meet curriculum goals. They will also encourage the improvement of teaching methods, learning materials and teaching practices in classrooms.
proficiency: n. 熟练；精通
descriptor: n. 描述符；指示词
empirical: adj. 经验性的