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LLT Issue 15:2

Volume 15 Number 2 of Language Learning & Technology is now available at http://llt.msu.edu. This issue includes a tribute to Irene Thompson and the debut of the Action Research column.

2009 ILTA Best Paper award

The winners of the 2009 ILTA Best Paper award are Glenn Fulcher and Fred Davidson for their 2009 paper: Test Architecture, Test Retrofit. Language Testing, 26 (1). The presentation of the award will be made at the Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the 2011 LTRC conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

SAGE/ILTA Award for Best Book on Language Testing

Sage, the Publisher of the Language Testing journal, in conjunction with the International Language Testing Association (ILTA), is sponsoring a triennial award for the best book in the area of language testing/ assessment. The award, which will consist of a certificate and US$600 dollars, will be made at the Language Testing Research Colloquium. For more information about eligibility, selection criteria etc. contact either Dr Cathie Elder (caelder@unimelb.edu.au) or Dr Glenn Fulcher (gf39@le.ac.uk) by September 30th 2011 at the latest.

Pearson sponsored Language Testing External Research projects 2011 winners

The 2011 winners of Pearson sponsored Language Testing External Research projects are:

  • Janna Fox & Wendy Fraser, Carleton University, Canana

Standard Setting: Relating the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment to the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic in the context of admission to teritiary study in Canada.

  • Zeynep Kocoglu, Yeditepe University , Turkey

An investigation of the crition-related and predictive validity of PTE Academic Test for Turkish EFL student teachers

  • Nathaniel Owen,   University of Leicester , UK

Suitability of PTE Academic as an exit test for pre-sessional EAP course - A comparative analysis

  • Stuart Perrin, Queen Mary, University of London , UK

Suitability of PTE Academic as an exit test for pre-sessional courses and/or foundation programme

  • Mehdi Riazi, Macquarie University , Australia

Investigating the Scalability and Criterion-related (Concurrent and Predictive) Validity of PTE-Academic

  • Wei Wei, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology , Vietnam

Washback effect on language learning strategies: A case study uing PTE Academic speaking items

  • Jin Yan, Shanghai Jiaotong University , China

Effects of Skill Integration on Language Assessment: A Comparative Study of PTE Academic and IB CET-6

For more information about Pearson sponsored research projects visit http://pearsonpte.com/research/Pages/home.aspx

CRELLA Summer Research Seminar 2011

The Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment at the University of Bedfordshire, is holding its Summer Research Seminar on Thursday July 7th 2011.The CRELLA Seminar takes place twice yearly, in July and December, and is free to attend. It offers an informal forum for presenting and discussing research related to language assessment, and is now open to proposals for papers. For more information contact Dr. Stephen Bax at CRELLA, at stephen.bax@beds.ac.uk or visit http://www.beds.ac.uk/research/bmri/crella

CRELLA Senior Lecturer in Language Assessment Position

The Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA) at the University of Bedfordshire (http://www.beds.ac.uk/research/bmri/crella) invites applications for the post of Senior Lecturer in Language Assessment. Closing date: 3rd June 2011. For more information visit http://www.beds.ac.uk/contactus/jobs/vacancies/academic

ALTE Summer Testing Courses

ALTE offers the following testing courses for July-September 2011:

  • The Application of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) in Language Testing Research (4-6 July 2011)
  • The ALTE Introductory Course in Language Testing (12-16 September 2011)
  • The ALTE Introductory Course in Research Methodology (19-23 September 2011)

For more information visit http://www.alte.org/news/newsitem.php?newsID=225

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