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Language Quality Assurance Agencies Meet in Washington for the Third QALEN Symposium

Published on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Representatives from five countries and eight language quality assurance agencies gathered in Washington, DC from September 8-10, 2016 for the Third Annual Symposium of the Quality Assurance in Language Education Network (QALEN).

 

Founded in 2014, QALEN's objective is to "provide opportunities for participants and members from accrediting and quality assurance bodies in the language education sector to communicate and collaborate within a safe supportive environment."  Outputs from this year's QALEN Symposium include:

working to aggregate members' best practice on the care and welfare of minors

documenting appropriate teacher and academic manager qualifications.

 

Those in attendance included the host ACCET - the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (USA), NEAS - the National ELT Accreditation Scheme (Australia), ABLS - the Accreditation Body for Language Services (UK), the British Council  (UK), English New Zealand (NZ), Languages Canada (Canada), and Orion Assessment Services (Canada). CEA - the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (USA) participated as a non-member guest.  FELTOM - the Federation of English Language Teaching Organizations (Malta) and EDU SA  (South Africa) are also QALEN members but were unable to attend.

 

The next QALEN symposium is scheduled for November 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.



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