English Language Teaching (ELT).
The fourth annual QALEN symposium was held in Auckland, New Zealand in November 2017 and brought
The ELT environment is undergoing changes influenced by global events and digital advancements. The
potential challenges for quality assurance in online/distance/ blended delivery;
the suitability of the vast array of qualifications available to prospective teachers;
quality and the student experience;
self-evaluation in quality assurance; and
commonalities of best practice indicators across the QALEN membership.
A key outcome of the symposium was ratification of the
2016 Statement on the Care of Minors Attending
Short-term Language Programmes.
A commitment was made to ongoing work on the following projects:
ensure transportability in the global ELT environment;
Production of an information sheet profiling QALEN and the role of members in quality assurance
targeting best practice and continuous improvement.
The 2018 symposium will be hosted by Languages Canada and Orion Assessment Services in Toronto,