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Oral Assessor Recruitment Training             

This course will look at face-face and online assessor training from assessor and interlocutor perspectives. The course is designed to be interactive, and attendees will work in groups sharing ideas and experiences.

What knowledge and/or skills will I gain from the  course?

There will be an introductory overview of the process starting with an initial exploration of an oral assessor‘s role and responsibilities through to training, standardisation and ongoing quality assurance programmes. In the recruitment and selection section we will consider issues such as conflict of interest, contractual obligation, and effective screening processes. The training section will include delivery mode options, suggestions for content, for example the number and type of exam performances required and the frequency and timing of training sessions. The final section will look at methods to maintain assessor reliability and consistency and ensure that assessors are adhering to the required standards.  

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for those of you who are new to recruiting and training oral assessors and those wishing to review their current practices. You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire at registration on your testing context to ensure the course is shaped to your needs. 

How is this course delivered?

This practical course is delivered online via Microsoft Teams. It consists of two 90-minute sessions.

Who is the course tutor?

The course will be delivered by Cathy Taylor, ALTE expert member. Cathy has 15 years’ experience in recruiting and training oral assessors.


"The highly professional course lead by Cathy Taylor was filled with nothing but useful information. I appreciated the possibility to discuss and compare in small groups different modes of practice with colleagues from other institutions. "

When is the next course?

The next Oral Assessor Recruitment Training course will be in October 2024.

How can I register?

Registration for this course is not yet open.

Expression of Interest

If you would like to express your interest in this course, or any other ALTE course, please click here.

Can several people from the same organisation join this course?

For group bookings, ALTE advises to book a maximum of three places per organisation.

How can I pay?

Full payment is required on registration. We strongly recommend that payment is made online using a Visa, MasterCard or American Express. However, if it is not possible to pay with a credit/debit card when registering, please contact the ALTE Services Unit ( to request an invoice with bank transfer payment instructions.

 ALTE - the Association of Language Testers in Europe is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), registered in England, charity number 1184799.

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