The Fourth Annual Conference of EALTA, Sitges, Spain, 15th - 17th June, 2007


Thursday 14th June

17.00 – 19.00

Registration at The Hotel Calipolis


Reception: welcome from the EALTA Executive Committee and the Conference Organisers

Friday 15th June

09.00 – 09.45 Keynote Paper:
Rainer Lehman: Coding open responses: some open questions.
Presentation (PDF 580 KB)
09.45 – 10.15 Jayanti Banerjee, Florencia Franceschina, and Anne Margaret Smith: How do features of written language production interact at different performance levels?
Presentation (PDF 191 KB)
Handout (PDF 116 KB)
10.15 – 10.45 Cyril J Weir: Cognitive parameters in developing reading tests.
Presentation (PDF 206 KB)
Coffee break
11.15 – 11.45
Joanna Anckar: Fruits of the happy union of quality and quantity: Analysis of an MC-test of listening comprehension.
Presentation (PDF 2 MB)
11.45 – 12.15 Alan Davies: Native Speakers and Native Users.
Handout (PDF 123 KB)
12.15 – 12.45 Mary K Enright, Carol A Chapelle and Joan Jamieson: From validation research to a validity argument.
Presentation (PDF 1.3 MB)
15.00 – 15.30 Gudrun Erickson and Lisbeth Åberg-Bengtsson: A collaborative approach to national test development.
Presentation (PDF 2.8 MB)
15.30 – 16.00 Hans Anand Pant and Miriam Vock: Validity of a Test of English as a Second Language – The test-takers’ perspective.
Presentation (PDF 3.9 MB)
16.00 – 16.30 Catherine Elder and Janet van Randow: A ‘before-after’ validation study of an English language screening tool.
Presentation (PDF 290 KB)
Coffee break
17.00 – 17.30 Vivienne May and Karen Ashton: ‘Small rewarding steps’: Assessing learners and supporting teachers in UK classrooms.
Presentation (PDF 2.4 MB)
17.30 – 18.00 Dianne Wall and Tania Horák: Good practice in designing impact studies.
Presentation (PDF 357 KB)


Walking tour of old Sitges

Saturday 16th June

09.00 – 09.30 Tim McNamara: Citizenship language testing and the limits of ‘fairness’.
Presentation (PDF 1.8 MB)
09.30 – 10.00 Mirja Tarnanen and Ari Huhta: First and foreign language assessment practices at schools.
Presentation (PDF 1.2 MB)
Comfort break
10.10 – 10.30

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Nigel Downey and Charalambos Kollias: Standard setting for grammar items at Level C1.
Presentation (PDF 728 KB)
Inmaculada Sanz and Miguel Fernandez: A new English component for the Spanish University Entrance Exam.
Presentation (PDF 1.7 MB)
10.30 – 10.50

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Erna Gille and Gunter Maris: The road to European B1-items: EBAFLS.
Presentation (PDF 1.2 MB), Table (PDF 18 KB)
Helen Slatyer, Catherine Elder and Kehui Luo: Rater reliability in the context of translator assessment.
Presentation (PDF 67 KB)
10.50 – 11.10

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Reidun Oanæs Andersen: Correlation study between a university exam and a proficiency test in Norwegian as a foreign language.
Presentation (PDF 551 KB)
Miriam Hallissey and Sue Hackett: Developing an EAP Exam for an Irish Context.
Abstract (PDF 73 KB)
Cecilie Carlsen and Eli Moe: A Human Touch to Language Testing. Presentation (PDF 11.1 MB)
Coffee break
11.40 – 12.00

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Rita Green and Daniela Neumann: Training teachers to develop tasks in line with national standards and the CEFR.
Presentation (PDF 227 KB)
Aylin Unaldi: Text Selection: a neglected area.
Presentation (PDF 657 KB)
Handout (PDF 143 KB)
12.00 – 12.20

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Evelyn Reichard, José Noijons and Gunter Maris: International benchmarking of videotaped oral performances in terms of the CEFR: Experiences and challenges.
Presentation (PDF 703 KB)
Ritva Aho and Sauli Takala: Aligning content, teaching and assessment in tertiary-level language education.
Presentation (PDF 200 KB)
12.20 – 12.40

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Sarah Guth and Erik Castello: Developing an inter-faculty B1 English Language test.
Presentation (PDF 1.5 MB)
Karien Hattingh: Validating the assessment of ESL writing in South Africa.
Presentation (PDF 116 KB)
12.40 – 13.40 Poster session
15.00 – 15.45 Keynote Paper: Joan Mateo, Conxita Mayós and Neus Figueras: Language assessment to improve teaching practice in mainstream education: The Catalan experience.
Presentation (PDF 1.1 MB)
15.45 – 17.15 EALTA Annual General Meeting
17.15– 18.00 The GGP Group: Charles Alderson, Claudia Beccheroni, Gyoergyi Egyud, Gudrun Erickson, Neus Figueras and Rob van Krieken: Implementing EALTA’s Guidelines for Good Practice in Language Testing and Assessment.
Presentation (PDF 215 KB), Multilingual (PDF 305 KB)




Conference dinner (departure from the Hotel Lobby)

Sunday 17th June

09.00 – 09.30 Claudia Harsch and Rita Green: The challenge of constructing a valid writing assessment system based on the CEFR. Presentation (PDF 245 KB)
09.30 – 10.00 John de Jong: Procedures for relating tests to the CEFR.
Presentation (PPS 2 MB)
10.00 – 10.30 Spiros Papageorgiou: Defining good practice in relating exams to the CEFR.
Presentation (PDF 579 KB)
Coffee break
Chairs: Brian North and Tim McNamara

Gabriele Kecker and Thomas Eckes: Linking the TestDaF to the CEFR: The Case of Writing Proficiency.
Presentation (PDF 872 KB)

Richard Tannenbaum and Caroline Wylie: Benchmarking the TOEFL© to the Common European Framework of Reference: Methodology and Findings.
Presentation (PDF 564 KB)

Jessica R W Wu and Rachel Y F Wu: Using the CEFR in Taiwan: The Perspective of a Local Examination Board.
Presentation (PDF 2.6 MB)

Brian North: Response (PDF 116 KB)

Tim McNamara: Response (PDF 464 KB)


Farewell and brunch (courtesy of Conference sponsors)


Poster presentations

Khaled Barkaoui and Ibtissem Knouzi What they value: Demystifying EFL teachers’ writing assessment criteria
Beth Brewer and C Ray Graham Testing vocabulary breadth: A C-test approach
Barbara Hinger We test what we teach, but do learners acquire what we test?
Poster (PDF 106 KB)
Olena Petrashchuk Large scale benchmarking testing: Good practice in Ukraine
Doreen Spiteri Not yet very good, but better: Improving a national examination
Monika Stawicka Standardizing preliminary examinations in English for university students
Poster (PDF 1.1 MB)
Hans Juergen Heringer and Claudia Harsch Constructing an automated scorer for the assessment
of written learner-production
Micheál Ó Dúill and
Jan Mayer
Good practice: Is there a gold standard?



More details:


Cito - National Institute for Educational Measurement

Cambridge Language Testing and Assessment

Data & Research Services

Educational Testing Services

International English Language Testing System

Pearson Language Assessments

Renet Oy Remote Network Ltd

Trinity College London

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