The Fifth Annual Conference of EALTA, Athens, Greece,
8th - 11th of May, 2008


Thursday 8th May

18.00 – 19.30



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

Friday 9th May

09.00 – 09.45 Keynote Paper:
Norman Verhelst: Vocabulary Testing: Some Methodological Considerations.
Presentation (PDF 128 KB)
09.45 – 10.15 Charles Alderson and Jayanti Banerjee: EALTA's Guidelines for Good Practice: A Test of Implementation.
Presentation (PDF 99 KB)
Handout (PDF 129 KB)
10.15 – 10.45 David Watt and Andrea Cervatiuc: Professional Language Proficiency: Setting Thresholds in Engineering.
Presentation (PDF 1.3 MB)
Coffee break
11.15 – 11.45
Gary Buck, Spiros Papageorgiou, Forest Patzek and Lidget Green Inc.: Exploring the Theoretical Basis for Developing Measurement Instruments on the CEFR.
Presentation (PDF 167 KB)
11.45 – 12.15 Jesús García Laborda, Ana Gimeno Sanz, Emilia Enriquez Carrasco and Teresa Magal Royo: Effects of Computer Interface Design on High School Graduates.
Presentation (PDF 1.3 MB)
12.15 – 12.45 Szilvia Papp and Neil Jones: Use of Young Learner Can-dos as Part of Formative Assessment.
Presentation (PDF 706 KB)
15.00 – 15.30 Christine Niakaris: A Test Validation Study Based on Textual Analysis.
Presentation (PDF 287 KB)
15.30 – 16.00 Taner Yapar: To Assess Speaking Analytically or Holistically?
Presentation (PDF 813 KB)
16.00 – 16.30 June Eyckmans, Philippe Anckaert and Winibert Segers: Towards the Calibration of Translation Errors: The Why and the How.
Presentation (PDF 111 KB)
Coffee break
17.00 – 17.30 Dianne Wall and Tania Horák: The Role of Communication in Creating Positive Washback.
Presentation (PDF 124 KB)
17.30 – 18.00 John H.A.L. de Jong: Procedures for Training Item Writers.
Presentation (PDF 415 KB)

Saturday 10th May

09.00 – 09.30 Nick Saville, Piet van Avermaet and Henk Kuijper: Auditing the Validity Argument.
Presentation (PDF 608 KB)
09.30 – 10.00 Sehnaz Sahinkarakas and Kagan Büyükkari: A Case Study: Conceptual Changes in Assessment Practices.
Presentation (PDF 1 MB)
10.00 – 10.30 Sarah Briggs and Fernando Fleurquin: Scaled Scores-Theoretical and Practical Challenges.
Presentation (PDF 203 KB)
Coffee break
11.00 – 11.20

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Carole Sedgwick: Writing in Context: A European Study of Comparative Academic Literacy Practices.
(PDF 39 KB)
Maria Davou:"Can Do": What Can They Do After All?
Presentation (PDF 309 KB)
11.20 – 11.40

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Angela Hasselgren: Assessing the Literacy of Children: A CEFR-linked Longitudinal Study.
Presentation (PDF 60 KB)
Joanna Anckar: Is Your Test Question Related to My Answer? Exploring the Relationship Between Test-takers' Interpretations of Spoken Text and the MC-test Format.
Presentation (PDF 201 KB)
11.40 – 12.00

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Rachel Roberts: City & Guilds CEFR Linking Project: Work in Progress.
Presentation (PDF 186 KB)
Kim Haataja: LangPerform - Computer Simulations for Training, Documentation and Evaluation of Language Performance.
Presentation (PDF 1.3 MB)
12.00 – 12.20

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Trisevgeni Liontou: Text Comprehension Difficulty from the Test-takers' Perspective: Predicting the Unpredictable.
Presentation (PDF 608 KB)
Ritva Aho: Teaching and Assessing Argumentation and Negotiation Skills.
Handout (PDF 286 KB)
12.20 – 13.30 Poster sessions
14.30 – 15.15 Keynote Paper: Dina Tsagari: Assessment Literacy of EFL Teachers in Greece - Current, Trends and Future Prospects.
Presentation (PDF 1 MB)
15.15 – 15.45 Pavlos Pavlou: Codes of Ethics and Good Practice and Consumers' Right in Language Testing.
Presentation (PDF 167 KB)
15.45 – 17.15 EALTA Annual General Meeting


Conference dinner

Sunday 11th May

09.00 – 09.30 Tony Green and Cyril Weir: IELTS and the Academic Reading Construct.
Presentation (PPS 386 KB)
09.30 – 10.00 Claudia Harsch and Guido Martin: Evaluation and Control of Rater Reliability: Holistic vs. Analytic Scoring.
Presentation (PPS 463 KB)
10.00 – 10.30 Gyula Tankó and Gergely J. Tamasi: A Taxonomy of Argumentative Thesis Statements: The Testing Perspective.
Presentation (PDF 690 KB)
Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Panel DiscussionAssessment Literacy

Angela Hasselgren: Presentation (PDF 38 KB)

Mark Reckase: Presentation (PDF 57 KB)

Felianka Kaftandjieva: Presentation (PDF 505 KB)


Farewell and brunch (courtesy of Conference sponsors)


Poster presentations

Kaija Kärkkäinen, Anu Lipsonen and Jani Lankinen Computer-delivered Test of Finnish for Ingrian "Return Immigrants": Framework and Results.
Handout (PDF 569 KB)
Lisbeth Åberg-Bengtsson, Gudrun Erickson, Jan-Eric Gustafsson, Sölve Ohlander and Dorte Velling Pedersen Similarities and Differences in EFL Proficiency - A Multifaceted Analytic Approach.
Poster (PDF 265 KB)
Nigel Downey, Christine Niakaris and Alexandra Tsakogianni Assessment Literacy: Outreach in Teacher Education.
Fernando Fleurquin The Challenges of Testing Candidates with Disabilities: Guidelines for Stakeholders.
Poster (PDF 494 KB)
Krista Kerge and Hille Pajupuu L1 and L2: Differences in Lexical Richness of Produced Genres.
Poster (PDF 123 KB)
Hella Klemmert Measurement Equivalence of Written C-Tests and Multiple-Choice C-Tests.
Poster (PDF 51 KB)
Sarah van Bonn, Fernando Fleurquin and Barbara Dobson An Analytic Investigation of Paired Compositions from a High-stakes Writing Test.
Handout (PDF 118 KB)
Karin Vogt, Elisabeth Guerin, Sehnaz Sahinkarakas, Dina Tsagari, Pavlos Pavlou and Qatip Arifi Assessment Literacy of Foreign Language Teachers in Europe - Current Trends and Future Perspectives.
Poster (PDF 2.9 MB), Handout (PDF 2 MB)
Anna Mouti Measuring Fairness in Terms of Test-taker Characteristics.
Poster (PDF 144 KB)


Conference Evaluation Report (PDF 101 KB)


Educational Testing Services [This link opens i new window]

International English Language Testing System [This link opens i new window]

CILS - Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera [This link opens i new window]

Cambridge Language Testing and Assessment [This link opens i new window]

Cito - National Institute for Educational Measurement [This link opens i new window]

University of Michigan, English Lang. Institute [This link opens i new window]

Trinity College London [This link opens i new window]

Renet Oy Remote Network Ltd [This link opens i new window]

City and Guilds [This link opens i new window]

Data & Research Services [This link opens i new window]

Pearson Language Assessments [This link opens i new window]


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