The eleventh Annual Conference of EALTA, Warwick, United Kingdom
29th of May to 1st of June, 2014


Conference Programme

EALTA 2014 Conference Programme and abstracts (PDF 1,3 MB)


Tuesday, 27th May – Thursday, 29th May

Pre-Conference Workshops
Ramphal Building
  Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 Workshop 4
17.30 - 19.00 Using automated programmes & approaches for test development or assessing productive skills, Scott Crossley, Danielle McNamara Test Item Analysis for Teachers: Applying Classical Test Theory using Excel, Chihiro Inoue, Sathena Chan, Carolyn Westbrook Assessment of Intercultural Communicative Competencies, Claudia Borghetti, Jan Van Maele Good Practice in Assessing Speaking, Carol Spoettl, Nivja De Jong, Jayanti Banerjee


Thursday, 29th May

12.30 - 13.30 Early registration Foyer Scarman
13.30 - 17.30 SIG meetings
Classroom Based Language Assessment, Dina Tsagari
Assessing Speaking Carol Spoettl, Nivja De Jong, Jayanti Banerjee
Academic Purposes/ Assessing Writing Peter Holt, Claudia Harsch
17.00 - 20.00 Registration Scarman Foyer


Friday, 30th May

8.00 - 8.45 Registration Scarman Foyer
8.45 - 9.00 Welcome Arts Centre, Woods-Scawen Room
9.00 - 10.00 Plenary 1: David Little
Learning, teaching, assessment: an exploration of their interdependence in the CEFR (390 KB)
(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 10 minutes)
10.00 - 10.30 The CEFR illustrative descriptors: past, present and future, Brian North (2.4 MB)
10.30 - 11.00 Standard setting in Europe and Asia: Linking listening tests to the CEFR, Tineke Brunfaut & Luke Harding
Coffee break
10.30 - 12.00 Local needs vs global standards: Incommensurable demands? Emma Bruce, Liz Hamp-Lyons & Roxanne Wong
12.00 - 12.30 Using the CEFR in diagnosing writing in a second or foreign language Ari Huhta (856 KB)
12.30 - 13.00 Poster Mini-Presentations (2-3 minutes each)
13.00 - 14.30 Lunch Break
Poster Presentation Foyer at Arts Centre
Registration Scarman Foyer
Parallel Papers
(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 5 minutes)
Scarman Conference Centre
  Room 8 Room 9 Room 10
14.30 - 14.55 Empirical evidence on effects of peer feedback on second language oral performance, Rong-Xuan Chu (490 KB) Setting multiple CEFR cut scores for assessments intended for young learners, Patricia A. Baron, Spiros Papageorgiou (162 KB) How useful is the CEFR?—Assessing the learning outcomes of the Finnish 9th graders, Marita Härmälä, Raili Hildén
15.00 - 15.25 Target language descriptors for language teachers, Alexey Korenev Use of the CEFR in the development of an academic speaking test, Daniel Joyce (4.1 MB) Linking Examinations to the CEFR: Implications for English Language Assessments, Craig Davies (713 KB)
15.30 - 15.55 Academic Writing in English: a corpus-based inquiry into the linguistic characteristics of levels B1-C2, Rebecca Present-Thomas (391 KB) The challenge of relating national grading in examinations to the CEFR, Taina Juurakko-Paavola (535 KB) CEFR and Language Testing: Recommendations from the field, Mathea Simons (601 KB)
15.55 - 16.30 Coffee break
Parallel Work-in-Progress Sessions
(Presentation: 15 minutes, Questions: 5 minutes)
  Room 8 Room 9 Room 10
16.30 - 16.50 MERLIN—A multifunctional trilingual learner corpus related to the CEFR, Katrin Wisniewski (311 KB) Assessing Writing at the CEFR A1 Level, Gulay Yigit Is my B2 your B2? Standard setting in broad European context, Margreet van Aken, Evelyn Reichard, Rob Verheijen, Alma van Til (230 KB)
16.55 - 17.15 Arabic Profile: CEFR for Arabic—a learner corpus approach, Bjorn Norrbom (1.0 MB) Looking beyond scores—A study of raters and ratings of Speaking, Linda Borger (1.5 MB) Implementing CEFR in an Intensive English Program at an American University, Eddy White
17.20 - 17.40 Intercultural competence: to what extent is this integral to test validity, Kathryn Brennan (652 KB) Common European Framework impact on English language speaking test rater standardization, Vita Kalnberzina (438 KB) The washback effect of Cambridge English examinations in German secondary school contexts, Gillian Horton-Krueger (329 KB)


Saturday, 31th May

09.00 - 10.00 Plenary 2: Dorry Kenyon
From Test Development to Test Use Consequences: What Roles does the CEFR Play in a Validity Argument? (1.4 MB)
(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 10 minutes)
10.00 - 10.30 Complementing the CEFR: Developing objective criteria to assess interlingual mediation competence, Maria Stathopoulou (1.5 MB)
10.30 - 11.00 Extending and complementing the CEFR, John de Jong & Veronica Benigno (2.1 MB)
Coffee break
11.30 - 12.00 Reading Comprehension Text Complexity & the CEFR: implications for text selection, Trisevgeni Liontou (361 KB)
12.00 - 12.30 Language descriptors for mathematics and history/civics, Eli Moe, Marita Härmälä, Jose Pascoal (1.2 MB)
12.30 - 13.00 How not to use the CEFR: Forced alignment is not equation, Lukácsi Zoltán (729 KB)
13.00 - 14.30 Lunch Break
Poster Presentation at Foyer Arts Centre
Parallel Papers and Work-in-Progress Presentations
(Paper Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 5 minutes;
WIP Presentation: 15 minutes, Questions: 5 minutes)
Scarman Conference Centre
  Room 8 Room 9 Room 10
14.30 - 14.55
Using CEFR-scales for assessing young learners' oral interactional FL-skills in different settings, Astrid Jurecka (1.2 MB) CEFR as a framework for combining classroom and external assessment data, Neil Jones, Angeliki Salamoura Research Dating; Finding Your EALTA Study Partners Jonathan Rees
This session aims to facilitate finding research partners with similar research interests, with a special focus on the projects and works in progress presented at the EALTA conference. We will introduce the session at the beginning of the conference.
15.00 - 15.20
The CEFR and testing children's reading, Angela Hasselgreen, Hildegunn Helness (1.0 MB) CEFR-linked test development in academic context: teachers' perspective, Blanka Pojslova (215 KB)
15.20 - 15.45 Coffee break
15.45 - 17.00 Annual General Meeting (Scarman, Room 8)


Saturday, 1st June

(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 10 minutes)
Arts Centre, Woods-Scawen Room
9.30 - 10.00 Balancing statistical evidence with expert judgement when aligning tests to the CEFR, Anthony Green (784 KB)
10.00 - 10.30 Investigating the relationship between empirical task difficulty, textual features, and CEFR levels, Jamie Dunlea (486 KB)
10.30 - 11.00 Influence from afar: The CEFR and a New Zealand tertiary-level qualification, John Read (270 KB)
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 13.00 Round Table Discussion: The CEFR and Language Testing and Assessment – Where are we now?
Chair: Neus Figueras
Discussants: Brian North, David Little, Dorry Kenyon, Claudia Harsch
Conference Close


Poster (Friday and Saturday during coffee and lunch breaks, Foyer Arts Centre)

Franz Holzknecht, Michael Maurer and Antonia Bechtold Assessing functional competence in writing: a corpus-based approach (341 KB)
Ene Alas and Suliko Liiv Assessment literacy of national examination interviewers / Raters - Experience with the CEFR  
Lucy Davies and Jon Lishman Help, I'm Lost!: Mapping EAP descriptors to the CEFR (601 KB)
Radmila Doupovcová and Eva Složilová Implementing CEFR in a tertiary context: compromises and balance (4.5 MB)
Sebastien Georges Item exposure control in FFL large scale assessment (662 KB)
Dina Tsagari Linking EFL textbooks to the CEFR (1.1 MB)
Roy Wilson The PTE Academic score profile, proficiency descriptors and Student Performance at University (637 KB)





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