Self-evaluation is an ongoing process that involves multiple prerequisites. DIALANG is a freely available language diagnosis system. It was developed by a consortium of European higher education institutions with support from the European Commission’s Socrates programme (1996-2004), and is now funded and maintained on a “pro bono” basis by Lancaster University (UK). DIALANG tests reading, writing, listening, grammar and vocabulary in 14 languages: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Icelandic, Irish-gaelic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. It reports your level of skill against the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for language learning. Since its inception, several million DIALANG test sessions have been recorded. More information about DIALANG is available here. DIALANG tests can be accessed here.
The DIALANG self-assessment forms have been formed according to the levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe. DIALANG forms can be printed and answered (English and German) to evaluate your level. You can also discuss your success rate with your instructors.
The Language Centre is a member of the GELS network. The Global Engineers’ Language Skills (GELS) network is a common initiative between the University of Cambridge, KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm and a French research laboratory (Institut Mines-Telecom – Didalang). The objective of GELS is to enhance our future engineers’ language skills in order to prepare them for the increasingly challenging demands of a globalised market.
One of the key objectives is to design and make available a CEFR-based (CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guide for language teachers who work with engineering students in HEIs across Europe. The first step towards the creation of this guide was to design a CEFR-based grid for engineering students and engineers. The most recent version of this "GELS Framework" can be found here.
Centre for Languages and Inter-Communication- University of Cambridge.