ALTE's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are an important part of the life of the association as they pursue important issues connected with language testing. ALTE has two types of SIGs, Project Groups and Discussion Groups. These meet face-to-face as part of biannual meetings, but also online as needed. They can be chaired by any individual from a Member organisation or an Individual Expert Member. Co-chairs can come from Institutional Affiliate organisations.

Project Groups

Project Groups have coordinators with a clear idea of what they want to achieve. Project Groups have a set purpose, which might be to create and publish a specific piece of documentation or set of materials, create a video, webpage, webinar or academic paper, or any other project that has a specific goal; an appropriate time limit, e.g.. to run for 2-3 years in order to complete a particular piece of work with no necessity to extend beyond this; and an appropriate cost limit, e.g. to accomplish the purpose using an appropriate amount of funds approved by ALTE’s Board of Trustees. This results in a very concrete, focused group, with a clear aim and under no obligation to continue indefinitely.

Before a project group starts, there should be a core number of individuals signed up to be committed. Project Groups should specify to what extent they would like conference participants attending their meetings: ideally, anybody at meetings should be welcomed but we recognise that there are certain groups that may need to be ‘closed’ because e.g. a high turnover of participants is not helpful to achieve their aims. Project Groups should have a coordinator/chair and ideally also a co-chair. They are responsible for creating a project plan as well as coordinating the work of the group. 

Discussion Groups

Discussion Groups, or Input Groups, are one-off meetings, where an individual (or two) within the association puts forward a topic for discussion. It is a forum for all members and affiliates to learn, be trained, share and collaborate.

A discussion group is likely to take place on one occasion only, probably at the same time as a SIG (i.e. the Thursday of a biannual conference/meeting), or alternatively online or at another specified time and location. The individual acts as the group coordinator and manages the input and discussion. Specific output may result in a follow-up discussion group or even project group, but does not have to. These sessions are an opportunity to engage in practical issues affecting members and share research and good practice in one area.

Current SIGs as of February 2020 are as follows. New Project Groups and Discussion Groups will be set up from summer 2020 onwards.


Les membres d'ALTE ont chargé le groupe de travail sur le SGQ d'examiner et d'éditer toute la documentation d'audit. Le groupe Systèmes de Gestion de la Qualité travaille en étroite collaboration avec le Comité permanent et son ordre du jour est généralement défini par ce comité.


Le SIG Évaluation linguistique pour la migration et l'intégration (Language Assessment for Migration and Integration) travaille actuellement sur la boîte à outils, une initiative du Conseil de l'Europe visant à soutenir les enseignants volontaires de migrants, et sur les descripteurs d'alphabétisation destinés aux migrants. 


The CEFR SIG has developed two different grids for the analysis of sample performances and tasks, and is currently researching the use of the CEFR in the employment sector.


The Special Requirements and Circumstances SIG is gathering information on how and to what extent accomodations for candidates with special requirements can be granted in order to ensure fairness and barrier-free access to tests.


Le SIG Langue à des fins spécifiques (Language for Specific Purposes) participe actuellement à l’élaboration du supplément LSP au Manuel pour l'élaboration et la passation de tests et d'examens de langue. Un nouveau projet est en cours, visant à illustrer le Supplément, selon le processus de développement d'un test réel de LSP.


Le groupe se réunit de manière ponctuelle lors d'événements ALTE, lorsque des sujets de discussion sont abordés ou que des présentations sont disponibles. Tout membre ou adhérent ayant un intérêt particulier pour ce domaine est le bienvenu.

Formation pour les enseignants

Le groupe se réunit une fois par an, lors des conférences d’hiver d’ALTE. Tout membre ou adhérent ayant un intérêt pour ce domaine est le bienvenu. Les deux dernières réunions se sont tenues conjointement avec le SIG LAMI, afin d'examiner les besoins des enseignants dans le contexte de la migration et de l'intégration. 

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