The Eight Annual Conference of EALTA, Siena, Italy
5th - 8th of May, 2011




Thursday 5th May

17.00 – 19.00


19.00 – 21.00


Friday 6th May

09.00 – 10.00 Keynote Paper: Alan Davies - Ethical Codes and Unintended Consequences.
10.00 - 10.30 Robyn Woodward-Kron; Catherine Elder; Timothy McNamara - Are linguistic assessment criteria ethically defensible for LSP assessment? Presentation (PDF 2,1 MB)
10.30 - 11.00 Glyn Jones - Paired speaking tests: are they fair?
(PDF 288 kB)
Coffee break
11.30 - 12.00
Barry O’Sullivan; Cathy Taylor; Dianne Wall - Establishing evidence of construct: A case study. Presentation (PDF 421 kB)
12.00 - 12.30 Charles Alderson, Ari Huhta, Lea Nieminen & Riikka Ullakonoja - Diagnosing foreign language reading proficiency. Presentation (PDF 5,4 MB)
12.30 - 13.00 Claudia Borghetti - Is there really a need for assessing intercultural competence? Some ethical issues. Presentation (PDF 93 kB)
14.30 - 15.00 Rita Green; Carol Spöttl - Building up a pool of standard setting judges: problems, solutions and insights. Presentation (PDF 340 kB)
15.00 – 15.30 Brent Bridgeman - TOEFL iBT Speaking Test Scores as Indicators of Communicative Language Proficiency. Presentation (PDF 954 kB)
15.30 – 16.00 Rosemary Erlam; Janet von Randow - Doing the ‘right thing’ by students:  Enhancing an online rater-training program. Presentation (PDF 412 kB)
Coffee break
16.30 – 17.00 Gergely A. Dávid; Katalin Brózik-Piniel - Establishing assessment categories for rating scales: business as usual? Presentation (PDF 124 kB)
17.00 – 17.30 Raili Hildèn; Ari Huhta - Validity of an analytic CEFR-based oral proficiency scale. Presentation (PDF 2,3 MB)
17.30 - 18.00 Talia Isaacs; Pavel Trofimovich - “Deconstructing” the linguistic factors that underlie listeners’ L2 comprehensibility ratings.
(PDF 878 kB)
Wine Tasting



Saturday 7th May

09.00 – 09.30 Lucilla Lopriore - When teachers and research meet: investigating young learners’ progression and achievement.
Presentation (PDF 1,1 MB)
09.30 – 10.00 Geraldine Ludbrook - Certifying the language competences of Italian CLIL teachers. Presentation (PDF 141 kB)
10.00 – 10.30 Cathy Wendler - “Operationalizing” Test Quality and Fairness. Presentation (PDF 170 kB)
Coffee break
11.00 – 11.20

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Hiske Feenstra - Assessing writing ability through objectively scored tests: a study on validity. Presentation (PDF 184 kB) Sanja Fulgosi; Zoran  Ztnik - Development and evaluation of criteria for objective scoring of highly structured writing task.
Presentation (PDF 560 kB)
Henning Rossa; Claudia Harsch - Diagnosing learners’ L2 development – an issue of ethics in language testing? Presentation (PDF 643 kB)
11.20 – 11.40

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
  Eli Moe; Hildegunn Lahlum Helness; Barbara Blair - 21st century classroom teaching and learning
Presentation (PDF 282 kB)
Kristina Reneé Noto - Reliability and Implications in Self-Assessed Second Language Placement Assessment Presentation (PDF 292 kB)
11.40 – 12.00

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Asma Maaoui Gaaloul - Empirical Reading Test Construct Validity: Some Emerging Ethical Issues
Presentation (PDF 259 kB)
Nahal Khabbazbashi - The Role of Topic in Language Proficiency Interviews: The Test Takers’ Perspective
Presentation (PDF 533 kB)
Ülle Türk - Relating a reading test to STANAG 6001 proficiency levels: lessons learnt  
Presentation (PDF 122 kB)
12.00 – 13.00 Poster sessions
14.30 – 15.30 Keynote Paper: Wim van der Linden - How to Defend the Integrity of a Testing Program against Cheating? Presentation (PDF 593 kB)
Coffee break
16.00 - 17.30 EALTA Annual General Meeting


Conference dinner

Sunday 8th May

09.00 – 09.30 Kirsten Ackermann - Avoiding construct-irrelevant variance or the need for sensitivity guidelines during item development. Presentation (PDF 474 kB)
09.30 – 10.00 Jayanti Banerjee; Spiros Papageorgiou - Looking out for the test-taker: checking DIF. Presentation (PDF 1 MB)
10.00 – 10.30 Fumiyo Nakatsuhara - How much does test-takers’ listening proficiency matter in oral interview tests? Presentation (PDF 188 kB)
Coffee break
11.00 – 11.30 Luke Harding; John Pill - The virtuous assessor: Marking decisions as ethical decisions. Presentation (PDF 110 kB)
11.30 – 12.30 Keynote Paper: Elena Shohamy - What does it mean to be ethical in language testing? Principles, cases and activism. Presentation (PDF 2,5 MB)


Farwell buffet and Tour to Pienza and Montepulciano


Poster presentations

Eszter Benke Shall we test mediation skills? Poster (PDF 305 kB)
David Booth New ways of testing – the importance of fairness when revising tests. Poster (PDF 1,3 MB)
Virginia Christopher; Karen Brooke; Dr. Brad Johnson; Mihad Ibrahim; Mona Ali Aden; Nouf Fahad Alkuwari; Oumaima Souyah The Collaborative Research (CR) Model in Undergrad Research Projects. Poster (PDF 198 kB)
Hella Klemmert Towards identification of adequate CEF levels for vocational trainings in Germany. Poster (PDF 105 kB)
Ingrid Radtke Mandatory use of tests in The Basic Competence in Working Life Programme? Poster (PDF 480 kB)
Juan Carlos Rodríguez Pozas; Lut Baten; Jan Van Maele The Ethical Challenge of Language Assessment in a North/South Collaboration Programme. Poster (PDF 897 kB)
Dina Tsagari; Karin Vogt Classroom-based Language Assessment – Teachers’ Perspectives. Poster (PDF 201 kB)
Carolyn Westbrook; Bruce Howell Designing and validating in-house tests for university entrance purposes. Poster (PDF 3,2 MB)
Christine Lalander Diagnostic test for language teacher education. Poster (PDF 5,8 MB)



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