Verification of the attainment of the Basic Competences in the first foreign language at the end of primary school: task development

Multilingualism in individuals
Project management:
04.2015 to 06.2018
In progress

Commissioned by:  Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK)

In the spring of 2017, the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK) will conduct the first-ever large-scale assessment to measure how well students have acquired the targeted skills in the first foreign language by the end of primary school. The EDK approved the definition of the Basic Competences in 2011. The Basic Competences specify minimal educational standards that should be attained by as many students as possible.

The Institute of Multilingualism has been mandated to develop the tasks for all languages that will be assessed in three regions of Switzerland. The assessment evaluates listening and reading comprehension; the tests are computer-based and implemented using the software CBA Item Builder, which the Research Centre on Multilingualism helped to further develop in an earlier project.

The Research Centre on Multilingualism is also a member in a scholarly consortium responsible for the coordination and implementation of the large-scale assessment. In this function the Centre contributed a language-specific section to the student questionnaire to be used in the survey. The Institute of Multilingualism will re-use the findings of the large-scale assessment as a component of a survey on students’ French skills in the Passepartout curricular region.