The Tenth Annual Conference of EALTA, Istanbul, Turkey
23rd of May to 26th of May, 2013



EALTA2013 Conference Programme (PDF 586 KB)

Tuesday 21st May - Thursday 23rd 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), Claudia Harsch, Peter Holt & Fılız Etız
17.30 - 19.00 Registration
18.30 - 20.30 Opening Reception at the Istanbul Military Museum

Friday 24th May

8.15 - 8.50 Registration
8.50 - 9.00 Welcome
9.00 - 10.00 Plenary 1: Professor Liz-Hamp Lyons
The challenge of classroom-based assessment (PDF 430 KB)
  Papers (Main Hall)
(Presentation of paper 20 minutes, 10 minutes for questions)
10.00 - 10.30 The impact of TOEPAS as a language policy tool, Slobodanka Dimova (PDF 196 KB)
10.30 - 11.00 The consequences of diagnostic assessment on teaching and learning, Roxanne Wong & Michelle Reyes Raquel
(PDF 940 KB)
Coffee break
11.30 - 12.00
What are we aligning tests to when we report test-alignment to the CEFR?, Claudia Harsch
(PDF 1,3 MB)
12.00 - 12.30 The impact of institutional tests on teachers’ choice of instructional strategies, Songül Yeliz (PDF 238 KB)
12.30 - 13.00 Assessing students with disabilities: voices from the stakeholder community, Hanan Khalifa (PDF 328 KB)
Lunch, and Poster Session
  Parallel presentations
(Presentation of paper 20 minutes, 5 minutes for questions)
  Main Hall Barbaros A Barbaros B
14.30 - 14.55 Evaluating the impact of applying indigenous assessment criteria in an LSP test, Cathie Elder Understanding the role of subject-matter knowledge in ESP ability: messages for teachers, Yuyang Cai (PDF 603 KB) The impact of a test preparation program as an embedded component of the syllabus, Fatma Sentürk (PDF 114 KB)
15.00 - 15.25 School teachers and trained raters assessing L2 writing of the same students, Mirja Tarnanen (PDF 772 KB) Teacher positioning towards high-stakes exams in the ESOL sector, Simon Webster TEMPUS Proset: The impact of a language assessment course in a micro-educational context, Marina Solnyskina (PDF 662 KB)
15.30 - 15.55 Hong Kong’s Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (LPAT): an impact study, Neil Drave (PDF 8.2 MB) A task-based approach to investigating the language proficiency needed to teach EFL, Sultan Turkan & Spiros Papageorgiou (PDF 402 KB) Torn in two directions? Functional failure in dual function high stakes exams, Tania Horak (PDF 231 KB)
Coffee break
  Parallel Work-in-Progress Sessions
(Presentation of paper 15 minutes, 5 minutes for questions)
  Main Hall Barbaros A Barbaros B
16.30 - 16.50 The impact of using graphic organizers to test reading comprehension, Marci Nelson Özer (PDF 738 KB) Monitoring the effects of exam renewal: teachers views on preparation material, Jayanti Banerjee & Barbara Dame (PDF 225 KB) The impact of standardised testing on the teaching of English to teenagers, Claudia Mewald (PDF 594 KB)
16.55 - 17.15 Game Over? – Investigating the impact of ECL exams on successful candidates, Gábor Szab & Róbert Märcz (PDF 93 KB) Examining washback in multi-exam preparation classes in Greece, Irini Papakammenou (PDF 2.4 MB) Listening tests - the impact of mode of delivery on performance, Eli Moe (PDF 302 KB)
17.20 - 17.40 Making the most of the CEFR: developing an assessment programme beyond Europe, Kathryn Brennan (PDF 461 KB) Computerized ToEFL exam acceptance, Kubra Karakaya Özyer & Beyza Dunya (PDF 413 KB)  

18.30 - 22.30

Social event, Evening on the Grande Hotel de Londres Terrace

Saturday 25th May

9.00 - 10.00 Plenary 2: Professor Art Graesser
The impact of automated measurement of text characteristics (PDF 4,7 MB)
  Papers (Main Hall)
(Presentation of paper 20 minutes, 10 minutes for questions)
10.00 - 10.30 A national exam’s washback on reading assessment in the secondary classroom, Doris Fröestscher (PDF 118 KB)
10.30 - 11.00 Getting ready: a study of the impact of test preparation, Glyn Jones
Coffee break
  Parallel presentations
(Presentation of paper 20 minutes, 5 minutes for questions)
  Main Hall Barbaros A Barbaros B
11.30 - 11.55 Washback of new high-stake examinations in English in Poland, Elzbieta Zawadowska The impact of classroom assessment on Thai EFL undergraduate students, Jirada Wudthayagorn (PDF 146 KB) Item development, the CEFR, and the perils of Cinderella testing, Thom Kiddle (PDF 896 KB)
12.00 - 12.25 Developing and validating band levels for reporting overall examinee performance, Xiaoming Xi
Spiros Papageorgiou
Youngsoon So
(PDF 464 KB)
Examining the consequential validity of a standardised test in a classroom setting, Christine Doe (PDF 633 KB) Fairness in the secondary schools: A Singapore case, Chih-Min Shih & Li-Yi Wang
12.30 - 12.55 Exploring the criterion-related validity of the new HSK and its impact, Yang Lu Using and intepreting English proficiency tests scores in the graduate admission process, April Ginther (PDF 673 KB) Peer evaluation impact on testing oral presentation skills, Okan Önalan (PDF 1.1 MB)
Lunch, and Poster Session
  Papers (Main Hall)
(Presentation of paper 20 minutes, 10 minutes for questions)
14.30 - 15.00 Demonstrating validity for high-impact language tests, Nivja de Jong (PDF 1.1 MB)
15.00 - 15.30 An interpretive argument for automated writing evaluation as a formative assessment tool, Stephanie Link & Ahmet Dursun (PDF 610 KB)
Coffee break
16.00 - 17.30 Annual General Meeting (Main hall)

19.00 - 23.30

Social event, Bosphorus cruise and conference dinner

Sunday 26th May

  Papers (Main Hall)
(Presentation of paper 20 minutes, 10 minutes for questions)
09.30 - 10.00 What is the impact of diagnostic language tests?, Ari Huhta (PDF 746 KB)
10.00 - 10.30 Task design for automatic scoring of interactive spoken pragmatic skill, Jared Bernstein (PDF 152 KB)
10.30 - 11.00 Factors affecting long-term examination impact and the fate of the examinations themselves, Dianne Wall (PDF 320 KB)
Coffee break
11.30 - 12.30 Plenary 3: Professor Dan Douglas
Nobody Speaks English Here Today: The Notion of Impact in the Context of Aviation English (PDF 1.6 MB)

13.30 - 18.00

Social event, Istanbul city tour


Poster sessions (Friday and Saturday 13.00-14.30)

Karin Vogt & Raphaelle Beecroft Flipped washback? Improvisational theatre as a means of preparing dialogical oral assessment (PDF 1.3 MB)
Sibylle Plassmann Tests for Turkish as a heritage language  
Kremmel Benjamin, Kathrin Eberharter & Eva Konrad Righting writing practices: The impact of exam reform (PDF 1 MB)
Ene Alas & Suliko Liiv The impact of gender on interviewer behaviour during oral proficiency interviews (PDF 93 KB)
Linda Nepivodová Comparing two modes of test administration
Chamnan Para The English test washback of Thai university entrance examination on teachers and students  
Selen Sökmen & Şehnaz Şahinkarakaş The impact of the speaking component of an institutional test on students’ anxiety level
Ludmila Kozhevnikova & Viktoria Levchenko Exploring the washback effects of high-stakes tests on ELT in Russia (PDF 1.2 MB)













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