Cambridge University Press and Assessment is partnering with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on a new English language assessment. The goal of the new assessment is to improve understanding of how English is taught and learned as a foreign language.
The assessment will be a part of the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment, called PISA. PISA is a worldwide study that measures student performance in math, science and reading in the native language. About 80 countries take part in the study.
PISA will be adding a foreign language assessment in 2025 as part of the study. So far, English is the only foreign language that will be used in the assessment.
“It’s a fact that English is the language of communication of study, of work, spoken by billions of people,” Hanan Khalifa told VOA. Khalifa is a language learning and teaching expert with Cambridge, and one of the leading experts on the PISA foreign language assessment. “So it wasn’t surprising to use English as a foreign language to start with,” she said.