Submit a Proposal

Submit a Proposal


LTRC 2014 Presentation Categories

Proposals for LTRC 2014 are solicited for presentations in the categories below. Note that proposals that are not accepted as research papers may be considered as posters or works in progress. However, if a proposal is more suitable as a poster or work in progress it should be submitted as such. Proposals for research that is in progress should be submitted as works in progress. Proposals for presentations on test development projects should be submitted as posters.


Research Papers

This format is best suited to theoretically oriented work, or the presentation of completed research. Paper presentations are 20 minutes and are followed by 10 minutes for questions and comments from the audience. In the case of empirical studies, the proposal should in general include objectives of the study, study design and methods, results, conclusions and implications. In the case of conceptual research, the proposal should discuss an approach or a critical issue, or compare and contrast alternative approaches or issues, and provide significant new insights. The proposal must not exceed 500 words.



Posters provide an opportunity primarily for the presentation of test development projects, new tests and technological innovations. Posters are displayed on a specific day. Presenters should be available to discuss their work and answer questions. The proposal must not exceed 500 words.


Work in Progress

These sessions provide an opportunity for the presentation of research in progress or research that is being planned. Presenters discuss their unfinished research or research plans with other participants and receive comments and suggestions on how best to proceed. The proposal must not exceed 500 words.



Symposia involve multiple presenters focusing on a single theme and are best suited for the discussion of research, theory, practice, and associated issues. They should not be a series of independent presentations but should offer complementary or differing perspectives on an important topic or issue that can stimulate wider discussion. Symposia may last up to ninety minutes (1½ hours) and may include up to four individual presenters, a moderator, and an independent discussant. An organizer may also act as a participant or moderator. Evidence of careful planning for the implementation of the symposium (e.g., goals, timing, summaries of perspectives, etc.) should be included in the proposal. The proposal should contain a maximum of 500 words in total, covering the rationale for combining the contributions in a symposium, focusing on how the perspectives represented in the individual papers are complementary or distinct and a summary of each individual paper.


Model schedule for a symposium

10 minutes: Moderator, introducing the theme and rationale for combining the papers

50 minutes: Individual presenters

10 minutes: Discussant, introducing the key debatable elements

10 minutes: Rebuttal from presenters

10 minutes: Open discussion with attending delegates



Submission of Proposals

The deadline for submission of proposals has passed; it is no longer possible to submit a proposal.



Content of Proposals

The website for online submissions will request the following information:

  • type of presentation (paper, poster or work in progress)
  • title of presentation (must not exceed 15 words)
  • presenter information: name(s) of the author(s) in the order that they should appear in the program, institutional affiliation(s), and the location of the institution(s)
  • the name of the author to whom all correspondence should be sent
  • email address of the correspondent
  • fax number of the correspondent (please be sure to include country code)
  • office telephone number of the correspondent
  • audio-visual equipment required
  • abstract of presentation; a blind review process will be employed, therefore, any information that might identify author(s) must be omitted


Click here to view a sample abstract for a research paper with annotations (PDF).


Evaluation Criteria

Criteria used to evaluate papers, posters and works in progress will be:

  • relevance to the conference theme
  • interest and importance to the field of language assessment
  • clarity of theoretical orientation
  • in the case of empirical studies, quality of study design and analysis
  • overall organization


The overall plan and rationale of the symposium and the individual contributions to symposia will be held against the same criteria as regular paper proposals. A clear and convincing rationale must be provided for combining the set of papers in a symposium. All full paper and symposium proposals that meet the evaluation criteria are ranked based on the ratings provided by independent vetters. Decisions on accepting proposals from among those that are acceptable depend on their ranking. Available space on the program constitutes the cut-off. Symposia will be ranked based on the average over the rankings of the symposium plan and the individual contributions. If one individual contribution to a symposium causes the symposium to rank below the cut-off, the symposium organizer will be given the choice to drop that contribution or withdraw the entire symposium. If more than one individual contribution to a symposium is ranked below the cut-off, the symposium proposal will not be accepted, irrespective of the average ranking of the symposium.


Authors will be notified in early January.




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