CEBS Information in English
Founded in 1992 as an institution affiliated to the VET (Vocational Education and Training) section of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, CEBS (Center für berufsbezogene Sprachen) operates as a national in-service teacher training centre specialising in vocationally-oriented language education.
A think-tank and advisory body in matters of professional and institutional development, curricula design and language assessment, it aims at harmonising international educational policies and programmes, as developed and promoted by the European Commission and the Council of Europe, with Austrian initiatives and policies. It considers itself a driving force as regards the integration of ICT into foreign language teaching, the development of teaching/learning concepts related to CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) and of formative assessment and it operates as contact point and switchboard between Austrian VET and economic institutions and businesses at home and abroad.
Fostering high-quality language assessment and internationally valid recognition of learner competence, CEBS is also a long established examination centre for international language certificates, offering exams like BEC (Cambridge ESOL), CCIP-diplomas, DELE and PLIDA.
The Centre has 11 members of staff, the majority of whom are practising teachers. They provide services in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian.