The Third Annual Conference of EALTA, Kraków, Poland, 19th - 21st May, 2006


Thursday 18th May

17.00 – 19.00

Registration at The Sheraton Hotel


Reception at The Sheraton Hotel: welcome from the EALTA Executive Committee and the Conference Organisers

Friday 19th May

09.00 – 09.45 Keynote speaker: J. Charles Alderson: Bridging the gap between theory and practice?
Presentation (PPT 1,542KB)
09.45 – 10.15 Dina Tsagari: Linking EFL textbook materials to exam specifications.
Presentation (PPT 45.3MB)
Coffee break
10.45 – 11.15 Michael Corrigan: Putting the ALTE Code of Practice into practice - auditing the quality profile.
Presentation (PPT 890KB)
11.15 – 11.45
Guenter Nold: The tests of sociopragmatic and grammatical awareness in the DESI project - test constructs and test results.
Presentation (PPT 270KB)
11.45 – 12.15 Liz Hamp-Lyons: Assessment innovation and professional development - essential links.
14.00 – 14.30 Nivja de Jong, Margarita Steinel, Arjen Florijn, Jan Hulstijn and Rob Schoonen: What is speaking proficiency within the context of the CEF?
Abstract (MSWord 25KB)
14.30 – 15.00 Felianka Kaftandjieva and Sauli Takala: The mapping sentence guide to the galaxy of 'can dos'.
Presentation (PPT 892 KB)
15.00 – 15.30 Spiros Papageorgiou: The use of qualitative methods in relating exams to the Common European Framework.
Presentation (PPT 112KB)
Coffee break
16.00 – 16.30 Ari Huhta: User's reactions to innovative computerised test feedback - the case of DIALANG.
Presentation (PPT 228KB)
16.30 – 17.00 Jennifer Thewissen, Yves Bestgen and Sylviane Granger: Using error-tagged learner corpora to create English-specific CEF descriptors.
Handout (MSWORD 39KB)
16.00 – 17.30 Carole Thomas: Are we testing what we want to test?
Presentation (PPT 233KB)


City guides will meet participants at their hotels to take them on a guided tour of Kraków before dinner.


Conference Dinner: Wierzynek

Saturday 20th May

09.00 – 09.30 Barry O'Sullivan: Implications of recent research findings on the development of speaking test tasks.
Presentation (PPT 210KB)
09.30 – 10.00 Thomas Eckes: On common ground? How raters perceive scoring criteria in oral proficiency testing.
Presentation (PPT 422KB)
Coffee break
10.30 – 10.50

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Angela Hasselgreen and Eli Moe: Young learner's writing and the CEF - where practice tests theory.
Presentation (PDF 367KB)
Monica Barni, Carla Bagna and Sabrina Machetti: Testing and assessment of linguistic-communicative competence in schools - thoughts on L1 and L2 linguistic education
Presentation (PPT 126KB)
10.50 – 11.10

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Evelyn Reichard: Pilot of CEF benchmark performances of spoken interaction.
Presentation (PPT 191KB)
Joanna Anckar: Guessing and elimination at a multiple-choice test of listening comprehension.
Presentation (PPT 118KB)
11.10 – 11.30

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Claudia Harsch: How to describe DESI proficiency levels (writing) in terms of the CEF?
Presentation (PPT 170KB)
Ülle Türk: Introducing testing and assessment training in pre-service teacher courses.
Presentation (PPT 161KB)
11.30 – 11.50

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Nigel Downey and Anne Nebel: Toward mapping listening skills on the CEFR - an investigation of colloquial language.
Presentation (PPT 121KB)
Vivian Lindhardsen: From individual ratings to communal ratings of L2 compositions.
Presentation (PPT 83KB)
12.00 – 12.45 Poster session (posters will remain on display until the end of the conference)
14.15 – 15.00 Keynote speaker: Gudrun Erickson: What is a good language test? On student contributions to the development of valid assessment - a European example.
Presentation (PPT 611KB)
15.00 – 16.30 AGM
Coffee break


Excursion to the Wieliçzka Salt Mines (with dinner)

Sunday 21st May

09.00 – 09.30 David Thighe and Ardeshir Geranpayeh: The International Legal English Certificate - issues with developing a test of ESP.
Presentation (PPT 274KB)
09.30 – 10.00 Brian Carbarns: Electronic marking in the UK - the challenges and benefits for Europe.
Presentation (PPT 3,980KB)

10.00 – 10.30
Ritva Aho: Operational Language Proficiency of Officers - New weapons systems for the Finnish Military.
Presentation (PPT 2,319KB)
Coffee break
11.00 – 11.30 Nick Saville: Investigating the impact of language assessment systems within a state educational context.
Presentation (PPT 563KB)
11.30 – 12.15 EALTA Code of Practice Working Team: Debate - How might EALTA implement a code of practice?
12.15 – 12.30 Farewell


Poster presentations

Karmen Pizorn Developing National Examinations in English to 11-year olds in Slovenia.
Berta Kogoj Oral assessment in a classroom - what is actually assessed?
Tamsin Walker and Kate Green The Languages Ladder and Asset Languages - recognising achievement in language skills.
Poster (PDF 795KB)
Karin Vogt Bridging the gap between theory and practice: CEF-based competence profiles to prepare learners for professional life
Poster (PDF 487KB)
Ari Huhta, Diane Pilkinton-Pihko, Anu Virkunnen-Fullenwider, Ken Pennington, Tommi Tikka, Jaaria Suviniitty and Juha Järvi Designing CEFR-related, computerised placement tests for science and technology.
Abstract (PDF 25KB)
Hanan Khalifa, Stuart Shaw, Nadezda Novakovic and Nick Saville Beyond borders: developing the ESOL Skills for Life examination.
Saskia Sluiter EBAFLS, the European anchor bank project.
Poster (PDF 326KB)
Edit H. Kontra and Judit Kormos Strategy use and the construct of C-Tests.
Poster (PDF 378KB)


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