The twelfth Annual Conference of EALTA, Copenhagen, Denmark 28th - 31st of May, 2015


Conference Programme

EALTA 2015 Conference Programme (PDF 442 KB)


Tuesday, 26th May – Thursday, 28th May

Pre-Conference Workshops
Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3
Performance-based testing: Rating scales and raters, April Ginther and Nancy Kauper Self-assessment, the CEFR, and the ELP, David Little Standard setting - how to implement good practice, Sauli Takala and Charalambos Kollias
SIG Meetings, Thursday, 28th May


Friday, 29th May

8.15 - 8.50 Registration
8.50 - 9.00 Welcome
9.00 - 10.00 Plenary 1: Ofra Inbar-Lourie
Bridging the policy-practice formative assessment gap: A language assessment literacy (1,9 MB)
(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 10 minutes)
10.00 - 10.30 Language Tests for university admission: A mismatch between test and practice
Bart Deygers (1,1 MB)
10.30 - 11.00 Examining the validity of a post-entry screening tool in its policy context
Catherine Elder, Ute Knoch, Sally O’Hagan (533 KB)
Coffee break, poster presentations
11.30 - 12.00 Exploring rater variability in a foreign language speaking test
Linda Borger (853 KB)
12.00 - 12.30 Real-time assessment of test markers reliability: ensuring valid results
Sebastien Portelli, Vincent Folny, Sébastien Georges (2,6 MB)
12.30 - 13.00 Choosing between international and locally-produced English tests: Stakeholders’ attitudes and perception
Yi-Long Jaw and Jessica Wu (1,3 MB)
13.00 - 14.30 Lunch Break, poster presentations
Parallel Papers
(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 5 minutes)
  Room 22.0.11 Room 23.0.49 Room 23.0.50
14.30 - 14.55 Test impact on practice
in adult FL education in
Aragon, Spain

Mary Silvia Roche (4,0 MB)
Finnish language
proficiency of
immigrant physicians
in Medical Licensure

Maija Tervola (783 KB)
A post-entry English
and French vocabulary
size in Flemish learners

Elke Peters, Tom
Velghe, Tinne Van
(545 KB)
15.00 - 15.25 Teacher-designed high
stakes testing: Washback
and impact

Daniel Xerri and Patricia
Vella Briffa
(306 KB)
A comparability
study of two Italian
language proficiency
tests for adult

Paola Masillo (656 KB)
Investigating the
comparability of
different level test
results using the Rasch

Keita Nakamura (1,2 MB)
15.30 - 15.55 Test preparation beliefs
and practices in a highstakes
context: A
teacher’s perspective

Atta Gebril (413 KB)
One test, two
purposes: the
Swedish test in the
Finnish National

Marita Härmälä (781 KB)
Revisiting the Tunisian
Between a changing
educational policy and
historical stagnation

Moez Athimni and Afef Labben (863 KB)
15.55 - 16.30 Coffee break, poster presentations
Parallel Work-in-Progress Sessions
(Presentation: 15 minutes, Questions: 5 minutes)
  Room 22.0.11 Room 23.0.49 Room 23.0.50
16.30 - 16.50 Descriptors for reading: Which one(s) make(s) the difference
Monique Reichert (1,3 MB)
A cross-language investigation of differences in adolescent writing ability
Roxanne Wong and Carl Swartz (1,1 MB)
Prototyping new assessment tasks in an academic context
Sonja Zimmermann and Daniela Marks (729 KB)
16.55 - 17.15 Mind the gap: Bridging new curricular policy and assessment in practice
Doreen Spiteri (1,6 MB)
Rater training through reflective thinking
Aylin Unaldi (1,2 MB)
Predictive validity of TOEFL iBT―informing admissions policy and practice in a UK-setting
Clauida Harsch, Ema Ushioda, Christophe Ladroue (1,4 MB)
17.20 - 17.40 Assessing content in an oral EFL exam in Norway: A teacher perspective
Henrik Bøhn (607 KB)
The cognitive validity of repeating the input in listening assessment
Franz Holzknecht (621 KB)
Developing language assessment literacy profiles for different stakeholders – needs, lacks and wants
Benjamin Kremmel and Luke Harding (854 KB)


Saturday, 30th May

9.00 - 10.00 Plenary 2: Micheline Chalhoub-Deville
The scholarship of validity with policy-driven testing systems (2,3 MB)
(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 10 minutes)
10.00 - 10.30 Same organisation, same practices? Comparing raters of speaking across international contexts
Luke Harding and Mark Griffiths (976 KB)
10.30 - 11.00 Assessing low educated L2-learners – issues of fairness and validity
Cecilie Carlsen (340 KB)
Coffee break, poster presentations
Parallel Papers
(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 5 minutes)
  Room 22.0.11 Room 23.0.49 Room 23.0.50
11.30 - 11.55 Empirical validity evidence for the Common European Framework of Reference scales
Katrin Wisniewski (641 KB)
Building a validation argument for interpreter certification performance testing
Chao Han and Helen Slatyer (1,2 MB)
Test-taker feedback, quality control, and program evaluation
April Ginther and Nancy Kauper (707 KB)
12.00 - 12.25 Assessment literacy in the Brazilian English without Borders Programme
Gladys Quevedo-Camargo (1,1 MB)
A bespoke computer-tablet application for an academic English speaking test in Japan
Dan Joyce (3,0 MB)
Language Test performance and confidence
Anna Mouti and George Ypsilandis (1,2 MB)
12.30 - 12.55 Teachers setting the assessment (literacy) agenda
Tineke Brunfaut and Luke Harding (1,5 MB)
How a CEFR-linked test of ESP can inform educational policy
Zoltán Lukácsi (654 KB)
University entry English exam policy in Spain: A proposal for change
María Dolores López Navas (1,0 MB)
12.55 - 14.15 Lunch Break, poster presentations
(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 10 minutes)
14.15 - 14.45
CEFR Linkage: Bringing together education reform policies, external assessment and classroom realities
Elena Prokhorova, Tatyana Timofeyeva, Olga Lankina (2,7 MB)
14.45 - 15.15 Developing a diagnostic, post-entry language assessment amidst changing policy and practice
Alan Urmston and Michelle Raquel (2,4 MB)
15.15 - 15.45 Coffee break, poster presentations
15.45 - 17.45 Annual General Meeting


Sunday, 31st May

(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 10 minutes)
9.30 - 10.00 Operationalising an assessment use argument approach
Barry O'Sullivan (1,1 MB)
10.00 - 10.30 Effects of policy and practice on CLIL in Sweden
Liss Kerstin Sylvén (2,1 MB)
10.30 - 11.00 Developing and validating a tool for setting minimum score requirements on a young learners assessment
Spiros Papageorgiou, Patricia Baron, Richard Tannenbaum (384 KB)
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 12.30 Plenary 3: John Field
Into the mind of the acedemic listener: The mismatch between testing conventions and real-world needs
Conference Close


Poster (Friday and Saturday during coffee and lunch breaks)

Brent Bridgeman Predicting college grades from an English language test: Need for meaningful subsamples (199 KB)
Hans Platzer and Romana Zeilinger Testing in Higher Education: Restraints and restrictions
Judith Fairbairn Maintaining marking consistency in a large scale international test (167 KB)
Hella Klemmert Second-language skills and cognitive ability: Causes and consequences of their interrelation (214 KB)
Ildikó Csépes Assessment literacy in English teacher education programmes in Hungary: Policy vs. reality (764 KB)
Thomas Koidl Task development of speaking tasks within the Austrian “matura“ project (274 KB)
Sener Es Quizzes: Assess learners’ language skills? Or teachers’ test-writing skills? (1,4 MB)
Alexey Korenev, Tanya Ershova, Carolyn Westbrook, Yvonne Merry Assessing language teachers’ ESP: Developing a scale for diagnostic assessment (585 KB)






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