Language Assessment

16th EALTA conference on Transitions in Language Assessment

Second language assessment is a dynamic field that has undergone a number of changes and transitions resulting from a range of factors. These include the emergence of different models of language competence, developments in the design, construction and delivery of tests, and approaches to the measurement of language proficiency. Research insights into the quality and use of language assessments, advances in technology-based language assessment, and the influence of a variety of societal and political factors have also played an important role.

BAAL TEA SIG Conference 2019

A rise in cross-disciplinary approaches has reinforced the need for language assessment to take account of relevant findings in SLA research and to consider applications across other fields. Important issues such as how we might assess acquisition and any implications for test development and validation were discussed in Bachman and Cohen’s (1998) seminal volume entitled Interfaces between second language acquisition and language testing research but this research remains under-represented.

41st Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC2019)

Theme: Language Testing and Social Justice The Center for Economic and Social Justice (www.cesj.org) defines social justice as “the virtue which guides us in creating those organized human interactions we call institutions. In turn, social institutions, when justly organized, provide us with access to what is good for the person, both individually and in our associations with others.