Pre-conference Workshops

Pre-conference Workshops

LTRC 2014 offers the following four pre-conference workshops on Monday 2 June and Tuesday 3 June.

 

Workshops 1 and 2 are two-day workshops; workshop 3 and 4 are single-day workshops. Workshops have a limited capacity of 30 people. Acceptance of registrations is on a first-come first-served basis. If less than 15 applicants register for a workshop, the workshop may be cancelled.

 

Detailed information on the workshops as provided by the facilitators is available by clicking on the corresponding links.

Workshop 1. Using an Assessment Use Argument to develop language tests and justify their use

Monday 2 June & Tuesday 3 June

 

Workshop 1 provides a detailed discussion of the process of assessment justification and the role of a so-called Assessment Use Argument (AUA in this). Participants will also be introduced to an on-line tool for implementing Bachman and Palmer’s approach to language test development, and hands-on practice in its use.

 

Facilitators:

Lyle Bachman, UCLA,

Daniel Dixon, University of Utah

Adrian Palmer, University of Utah

 

More information on the content of the workshop, the schedule and the facilitators can be found here.

 

Workshop 2. Meta-analysis: Conceptual understanding and application

Monday 2 June & Tuesday 3 June

 

Workshop 2 provides a walk-through of the process of conducting a meta-analysis, ranging from specifying problems and retrieving studies, to coding studies and to computing and interpreting effect sizes. Several case studies, examples from previous meta-analyses and example datasets in language testing will engage the workshop participants and facilitate their understanding. Since generalizability is of great concern to language testers, meta-analyses of similar or replicated studies in language testing hold great promise in terms of establishing a solid foundation for our current practice and propelling us in new directions.

 

Facilitators:

Yo In’nami, Associate Professor of English at Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan

Eric A. Surface, co-founder SWA Consulting Inc.

 

More information on the content of the workshop, the schedule and the facilitators can be found here.

 

Workshop 3. From ‘Languaging’ to ‘Translanguaging': Assessing foreign language learners' mediation competence

Monday 2 June

 

Workshop 3 highlights an underdeveloped area of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Mediation. It aims to familiarize participants with the notion of interlinguistic mediation as a translanguaging activity (i.e., the selective relaying of messages from one language to another so as to restore communication gaps between interlocutors. Participants will be guided in defining assessment criteria and developing assessment tasks.

 

Facilitator:

Maria Stathopoulou, University of Athens

 

More information on the content of the workshop, the schedule and the facilitators can be found here.

 

Workshop 4. Constructing test tasks that work: a hands-on introduction to item-writing and quality reviewing techniques

Tuesday 3 June

 

Workshop 4 will introduce the process of refining task specifications (specs). Firstly by identifying relevant criterial features for a reading comprehension task for EFL learners, and then using those specs to edit a potential reading input text to task specifications. Finally, the items associated with the task will be examined to determine whether aspects of the items, such as the choice of response alternatives, etc., may interact with task difficulty in unintended ways.

 

Facilitators:

Jamie Dunlea, Researcher, English Language Assessment Research, British Council

Gwen Caudwell, Aptis Product Development Manager, British Council

Kevin Rutherford, BC Tests Pre-production Test Manager, British Council

 

More information on the content of the workshop, the schedule and the facilitators can be found here.

 

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