The Sixth Annual Conference of EALTA, Turku, Finland
4th - 7th of June, 2009


Thursday 4th June

18.00 – 19.30



Welcome Cocktail Reception

Friday 5th June

09.00 – 09.45 Keynote Paper:
Professor Lyle Bachman, UCLA, United States: Justifying the Uses of Language Assessments
Presentation (PDF 446 KB)
09.45 – 10.15 Pavlos Pavlou & Dina Tsagari: Practices, policies and tensions in classroom-based assessment
Presentation (PDF 584 KB)
10.15 – 10.45 Barbara Blair & Bente Barsnes: Tensions and synergies related to classroom assessment
Presentation (PDF 372 KB)
Coffee break
11.15 – 11.45
Monika Barni, Carla Bagna & Sabrina Machetti: Unconscious government assessment policy: language tests for immigrant students in Italian schools
Presentation (PDF 212 KB), Paper (PDF 121 KB)
11.45 – 12.15 de Jong John H.A.L.: Unwarranted claims about CEF alignment of some international English language tests
Presentation (PDF 921 KB)
12.15 – 12.45 David Newbold: Local institution, global examination, synergies and tensions in a process of co-certification
Presentation (PDF 1,38 MB)
14.00 – 14.30 Dimova Slobodanka: Matura’s rocky road to success
Presentation (PDF 755 KB)
14.30 – 15.00 Jo Lewkowicz & Elzbieta Zawadowska-Kittel: Developing a new school-leaving exam of English in Poland: synergies and tensions
Presentation (PDF 594 KB)
15.00 – 15.30 Marina Gerassimenko: An argument-based approach to the KIMEP English entrance test validation
Presentation (PDF 589 KB)
Coffee break
16.00 – 16.30 Anthony Green & Roger Hawkey: The process of writing items for a task-based test of reading
Presentation (PDF 503 KB)
16.30 – 17.00 Glyn Jones: Lexical cohesion as a predictor of item difficulty
Presentation (PDF 201 KB)
17.00 – 17.30 Felianka Kaftandjieva: Flaw & Order: World 1 and World 2 of Item Difficulty – Synergies and Tensions
Presentation (PPS 5,5 MB, without music),
Presentation as zip-file for downloading and extraction (5,9 MB, includes music)

Saturday 6th June

09.00 – 09.30 Evelina D. Galaczi: Quantitative and qualitative methodologies and the development of rating scales for speaking
Presentation (PDF 282 KB)
09.30 – 10.00 Raili Hildén & Marja K. Martikainen: Rater feedback on speaking assessment
Presentation (PDF 321 KB)
10.00 – 10.30 Nivja de Jong & Jan Hulstijn: Relating ratings of fluency to temporal and lexical aspects of speech
Presentation (PDF 999 KB)
Coffee break
11.00 – 11.20

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Anne Nebel: Understanding complexity in writing assessment tasks: toward a useful analytical framework
Presentation (PDF 195 KB)
Lucilla Lopriore: Assessing young
learners´ progress in a longitudinal study: valuing learners´ perception

Presentation (PDF 610 KB)
11.20 – 11.40

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Ulle Turk: Standardising the assessment of writing in English across nations in the military
Presentation (PDF 149 KB)
Carole Thomas: From tension to synergy – the Bilkent experience
Presentation (PDF 364 KB)
11.40 – 12.00

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Rita Green & Carol Spoettl: Going national, standardised and live in Austria: challenges and tensions
Presentation (PDF 215 KB), Abstract (PDF 15 KB)
Anders Fikke Johannesen & Hildegun Lahlum Helnes: Synergies and tensions in computerized language testing
Presentation (PDF 260 KB)
12.00 – 13.00 Poster sessions
14.00 – 14.45 Keynote Paper: Professor (emer.) Christer Laurén University of Vaasa, Finland: Assessing the impact of immersion programmes
Paper (PDF 146 KB)
14.45 – 15.15 Andrea Abel, Chiara Vettori & Katrin Wisniewski: The influence of raters’ linguistic background on their interpretation of CEF scales
Presentation (PDF 255 KB)
Coffee break
15.45 – 17.15 EALTA Annual General Meeting


Conference dinner

Sunday 7th June

09.00 – 09.45 Heidi Salaets & Sarka Timorova: Aptitude for interpreting: assessing what isn’t there (yet)
Presentation (PDF 478 KB)
09.45 – 10.15 Katja Mäntylä & Ari Huhta: Assessing derivative skills: EFL learners and English word-formation
Presentation (PDF 181 KB)
10.15 – 10.45 Tineke Brunfaut: The Relative Contribution of Grammar and Vocabulary to Explaining Reading Test Performance
Presentation (PDF 259 KB)
Coffee break
11.15 – 12.45 Panel discussion
Convener: Christine Niakaris
Members: Lyle Bachman, Presentation (PDF 888 KB)
Neus Figueras, Presentation (PDF 176 KB)
Tommy Lagergren, Summary (PDF 83 KB)
Jo Lewkowicz, Summary (PDF 16 KB)


Symposium Farewell


Poster presentations

Inga Arffman Developing translation work in international reading literacy assessments: Translators'view
Poster (PDF 330 KB)
Arjen Florijn Testing grammatical ability
Poster (PDF 456 KB)
Handout (PDF 2,17 MB)
Sandra Hutterli Tests and standards - harmonising school systems in Switzerland
Poster (PDF 1 MB)
Zoltán Kiszely and Gábor Szabó Is My B2 the Same as Your B1?
Comparing Language Examinations' Levels

Poster (PDF 38 KB)
Peter Lenz Promoting and Assessing Migrants' Language Skills in Switzerland. A Project in the Making
Poster (PDF 138 KB)
Torsten Schlak Development and evaluation of a C-test for business German 
Poster (PDF 205 KB)


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

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

Pearson Language Assessments [This link opens i new window]

Trinity College London [This link opens i new window]


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