*** Event Postponed ***

In view of the global situation regarding Covid-19, we have decided to postpone our forthcoming conference, originally scheduled for 22-24 April 2020, to 28-30 April 2021.

The ALTE Board of Trustees and Secretariat, and the team at Instituto Cervantes, believe that this is the only responsible decision, given the increasing level of risks to health, restrictions on travel and gatherings and the high probability that a large number of presenters and delegates would be unable to attend the event.

We are disappointed that we will not be able to meet with you all in Madrid in April 2020. We have attracted an unprecedented range and quality of plenaries and conference papers, but we are confident that we will be able to hold an even more exciting conference at a rearranged time.

ALTE’s Trustees and Secretariat will of course continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates to you about the postponed event.

ALTE's 7th International Conference


Safeguarding the Future of Multilingual Assessment


Madrid, Spain

28-30 April 2021



ALTE is delighted to work with its member Instituto Cervantes to run and host the 7th International Conference. Please visit our sponsors page to learn more about Instituto Cervantes and find out more about our sponsors for the event, to whom we are extremely grateful for their support.



The conference will be held at the Novotel Madrid Center hotel, in Madrid's centrally located Salamanca district, just ten minutes' walk from El Retiro Park.


Safeguarding the Future of Multilingual Assessment

ALTE's mission is to set standards of language tests and assessment, sustain diversity of languages (both spoken and signed) through our commitment to multilingualism, and maximise impact of language teaching, testing and assessment in Europe and beyond. Our seventh international conference considers how we can safeguard fair, valid and ethical practices in the light of new developments and innovations in our multilingual field.


Plenaries, paper presentations, workshops and posters will be focused around the four key strands of the conference:

  • Defining the Construct of Multilingualism in Language Assessment
  • Innovations in Language Assessment
  • Fair and Valid Language Testing and Assessment
  • Considerations of Ethics and Justice in the Multilingual Context of Assessment


An outline of the conference programme is now available to help plan your time in Madrid. A more detailed programme will be ready in February 2021.


The International Conference will once again host the LAMI (Language Assessment for Migration and Integration) Forum, a session devoted to this important and timely area of our field.


While the main conference language is English, some paper presentations and workshops will be given in Spanish, French, German and Italian too.

Plenary sessions and the LAMI Forum will be simultaneously interpreted into both Spanish and International Sign Language. Other sessions will be interpreted into International Sign Language on request.

ALTE - the Association of Language Testers in Europe is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), registered in England, charity number 1184799.

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