The Ninth Annual Conference of EALTA, Innsbruck, Austria
31st of May to 3rd of June, 2012




Thursday 31st May

12.30 - 13.30 Registration
13.30 - 17.30 SIG meetings:
Classroom Based Language Assessment, Dina Tsagari
Assessing Writing and Academic Purposes (joint event), Peter Holt
17.00 - 19.00 Registration
19.00 - 21.00 Reception

Friday 1st June

09.00 - 10.00 Keynote Paper: Tim McNamara - Values in language assessment: Validity’s elephant in the room. Presentation (PDF 1,4 MB)
10.00 - 10.30 Constant Leung, Jo Lewkowicz - The validity of assessing speaking - revisited. Presentation (PDF 304 kB)
10.30 - 11.00 Nivja de Jong - Singling out L2-specific disfluencies for valid fluency assessment. Presentation (PDF 206 kB)
Coffee break
11.30 - 12.00
April Ginther, Soohwan Park - Representing Fluency: Speech Rate, Mean Syllables per Run, Pause Placement, and Task. Presentation (PDF 1,3 MB)
12.00 - 12.30 Hans Rutger Bosker, Hugo Quené, Ted Sanders - The effect of …silent pauses… on native and non-native fluency perception.Presentation (PDF 901 kB, without sound)
12.30 - 13.00 Jamie Dunlea - Collecting a priori validity evidence during the development of a speaking test. Presentation (PDF 267 kB)
14.00 - 14.30 Alistair Van Moere, Jared Bernstein - Technology, test design, and validity: Which one is in the driving seat? Presentation (PDF 433 kB)
14.30 - 15.00 Kirsten Ackermann, Yu-Hua Chen - A corpus-based investigation into the lexical validity of an academic English test. Presentation (PDF 431 kB)
15.00 - 15.30 Maria Belen Diez-Bedmar - Learner corpora and assessment: looking for criterial features at various CEFR levels.
15.30 - 16.00 Anne Mullen - The Impact of test misuse. Presentation (PDF 182 kB)
Coffee break
16.30 - 17.00 Cecilie Carlsen, Rønnaug Totland, Trinelise Eriksson - Does the CEFR reflect SLA-development – a question of construct validity. Presentation (PDF 950 kB)
17.00 - 17.30 Fumiyo Nakatsuhara, John Field - The impact on candidates of examiner interventions in oral interview tests. Presentation (PDF 2,6 MB)
17.30 - 18.00 Brent Bridgeman - Validating Automated Essay Scores: Are Humans the Gold Standard? Presentation (PDF 705 kB)

18.30 - 23.00

Social event, Seegrube

Saturday 2nd June

09.00 - 10.00 Keynote paper: Jean-François Rouet - Reading Skills in the Information Age: Cognitive processes and implications for assessment. Presentation (PDF 3,9 MB)
10.00 - 10.30 Jo Fond Lam, Ryan Downey - The validity of the reading comprehension test for immigrants: the Dutch case. Presentation (PDF 623 kB)
Coffee break
11.00 - 11.20

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Armin Berger - Validating analytic rating scales for assessing speaking at C1 and above. Presentation (PDF 878 kB) Gareth McCray, Charles Alderson, Tineke Brunfaut - Validity in reading comprehension items: triangulation of eye-tracking and stimulated recall data. Presentation (PDF 1,7 MB)
Mini symposium:

Norman Verhelst, Jayanti Banerjee

Profile analysis: a generalization of DIF analysis.

Presentation (PDF 128 kB)
11.20 - 11.40

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Luke Harding, Mark Griffiths - Exploring what raters notice in a speaking exam: A cross-cultural study. Presentation (PDF 117 kB) Robert Millie, Carole Sedgwick - Electronic text analysis: profiling first year undergraduate texts.
11.40 - 12.00

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Claudia D’Este, Geraldine Ludbrook - Accommodations or modifications? Examining validity in English-language testing for Italian dyslexics. Presentation (PDF 98 kB) Robert Märcz, Gábor Szabó - “Interface” validity – Investigating the potential role of face validity in content validation. Presentation (PDF 331 kB)
12.00 - 13.00 Poster Session*
14.00 - 14.30 Henning Fjørtoft - Validity Chains in Classroom Assessment. Findings from Norwegian Schools.
14.30 - 15.00

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Slobadanka Dimova, Marjana Vaneva, Veno Pacovski - Examining validity of explicit contextual clues in oral tasks. Presentation (PDF 323 kB) Raili Hildén, Outi Hakola - Assessment practices on an oral language course in Finnish upper secondary school. Presentation (PDF 2,7 MB)
15.00 - 15.30

Work-in-progress parallel sessions
Maisa Martin, Ari Huhta, Mirja Tarnanen - Commenting as a part of rating procedure – a window into rater behaviour. Presentation (PDF 1,1 MB) Eva Kotrčková - How much rater training is enough in the high stakes exams? Presentation (PDF 1,2 MB)
Coffee break
16.00 - 17.30 EALTA Annual General Meeting.

18.30 - 24.00

Conference dinner, Kufstein fortress

Sunday 3rd June

09.00 - 09.30 Cyril J. Weir, Lynda Taylor - Automated approaches to establishing context validity in reading tests. Presentation (PDF 390 kB)
09.30 - 10.00 Sathena H. C. Chan - Establishing the cognitive validity of EAP reading-into-writing tests. Presentation (PDF 380 kB)
10.00 - 10.30 Rob van Krieken, Gudrun Erickson - Mono- or Bilingual Approaches in Language Testing? A matter of validity. Presentation (PDF 1 MB)
Coffee break
11.00 - 11.30 Yeonsuk Cho, Youngsoon So - Investigating young EFL learners’ cognitive processes when taking an English language test. Presentation (PDF 368 kB)
11.30 - 12.30 Keynote paper: Angela Hasselgreen - Validity in classroom assessment. Presentation (PDF 391 kB)


Farewell buffet

14.00 - 17.00

Excursion to Tratzberg Castle


Poster presentations (Saturday 12.00 - 13.00)

Aleka Blackwell On the validity of timed lexical decision tasks as measures of vocabulary. Poster (PDF 392 kB)
Klaartje Duijm Do professional and non-professional raters weigh components of L2 speaking similarly? Poster (PDF 716 kB)
Henrik Gyllstad Validating the Vocabulary Size Test. Poster (PDF 270 kB)
Paola Masillo Is validity a core concept in language tests for immigrants in Italy? Poster (PDF 478 kB)
Elena Meletiadou, Dina Tsagari Peer assessment of writing: issues of reliability and validity. Poster (PDF 344 kB)
Irini Papakammenou A Study of the Teaching Practices Used in EFL Multi-exam Preparation Classes. Poster (PDF 3,8 MB)
Hans Platzer A criterion-referenced validation study of Nation's Vocabulary Levels Test. Poster (PDF 260 kB)
Kevin Rutherford Assessment literacy: a practical approach to a difficult area. Poster (JPG 2,5 MB)
Rob Schoonen Valid variance in L1 and FL writing assessments.
Poster (PDF 255 kB)
Sasajima Shigeru, Hideo Oka, Mika Kawanari Adapting the CEFR to the Japanese context: how can it be done? Poster (PDF 821 kB)
Fiona Stanford The validation of an academic listening test piloted at Stellenbosch University. Poster (PDF 437 kB)
Albert Weideman Re-reading Messick: adequacy and appropriateness as conceptual keys. Poster (PDF 684 kB)
Abstract (PDF 66 kB)
Theresa Weiler Language in Use tasks: what do they assess?
Poster (PDF 490 kB)
Ying Zheng, Glyn Jones, Simon Buckland English Language Skills and Academic Performance: A Study of Chinese Test Takers. Poster (PDF 120 kB)




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