Learning and Assessment of Languages (LBS)
Within the research environment Learning and Assessment of Languages, there is a tradition of research related to language learning assessment as regards learners’ learning and competencies in foreign languages.
The background to this research is, among other things, a long experience of teacher education and a practical as well as theoretical knowledge of testing and assessing foreign languages on both a national and an international level, ranging from primary up to tertiary level. As a consequence, large amounts of data have continuously been collected.
Research into various types of language learning is also conducted within the research environment, in particular in the form of Content and Language Integrated Learning, CLIL, and extramural English, EE.
In addition, research is carried out in the areas of teacher cognition and the English reading comprehension part of the Swedish Scholastic Assessment Test, SweSAT.
Our research can primarily be characterized as practice-oriented. It is very much linked to the teaching profession, focusing on one of the teachers’ most important duties, namely to assess the knowledge of students with the aim of promoting learning as well as equity. The research team is characterized by its breadth, both in terms of aims and use of instruments and in its choice of research methods. The team also has a vast national and international network of contacts and is participating in several international research projects.