The thirteenth Annual Conference of EALTA, Valencia, Spain 5th - 8th of May, 2016


Conference Programme

EALTA 2016 Conference Programme (PDF 571 KB)


Tuesday, 3rd May – Thursday, 5th May

Pre-Conference Workshops
Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 Workshop 4
Online Testing Resources & Computer-based Assessment, Jenny Liontou,
Dina Tsagari
Assessing writing: Designing better rubrics, building better rating communities,
Emma Bruce,
Liz Hamp-Lyons
Quality assurance in test development: a hands-on introduction to task specifications, item
writing, trialling and statistical analysis, Gwen Caudwell, Kevin Rutherford, Judith Fairbairn, John Tucker
A practical approach to tackling challenges in Quality Assurance (QA) in test development
projects, Neus Figueras,
Elaine Boyd
SIG Meetings, Thursday, 5th May


Friday, 6th May

8.30 - 9.45 Registration
9.45 - 10.00 Opening ceremony
10.00 - 11.00 Key note 1: Constant Leung
Constructing Language and Literacy Practices– Implications for Assessment
Coffee break, poster presentations
(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 10 minutes)
11.30 - 12.00 Language assessment literacy for test developers: towards an understanding of test constructs
Cristina Rodriguez, Julia Zabala (1,3 MB)
12.00 - 12.30 “Study on comparability of language testing in Europe”: focus on the constructs
Esther G. Eugenio, Michael Corrigan (1,7 MB)
12.30 - 13.00 An empirical investigation of the relationship between L2 vocabulary size and L2 listening comprehension at the B1 CEFR-level in English and French
Britta Kestemont, Ann-Sophie Noreillie*, Kris Heylen, Piet Desmet, Elke Peters
13.00 - 13.30 French speakers reading German and German speakers reading French – do they take different tests?
Monique Reichert, Charlotte Krämer
Lunch break
Work-in-progress sessions
15.00 - 15.25 Editing tasks – (what) do they add to the writing construct?
Sonja Zimmerman, Anika Müller-Karabil (350 KB)
ECD for MSA: Developing comprehensive construct definition
Bjorn Lennart Norrbom, Abdulrahman al-Shamrani, Yong Lou (829 KB)
Developing an adaptive diagnostic test using evidence-centered design
Evelyn Reichard, Ingrid Bresser, Wilma Vrijs
15.25 - 15.50 The construct of writing across contexts
Carol Spöttl, Sonja Zimmerman, Jayanti Banerjee (254 KB)
25 years of assessment at the EOI (Government-owned Language School) in Malaga
Carmen Medina(859 KB)
Assessment of what ...? Validating a large-scale, high-stakes speaking test
Thomas Koidl (3,5 MB)
15.00 - 16.15 Including Teacher Voices Through An Institutional Writing Criteria
Dilek Salki, Bahar Hasirci
Towards Localisation of a Test: What are the Essential Considerations?
Ying Zheng, Yanyan Zhang
Social science reading constructs and the CEFR reading level of textbooks
Barbara Blair, Kari Telstad Sundet
Coffee break
Parallel Papers
(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 5 minutes)
16.45 - 17.15 Factors affecting listening: operationalising a listening construct
Julia Zabala, Cristina Perez-Guillot
Flip teaching and construct irrelevant variance in classroom-based assessment
María Luisa Carrió Pastor
Defining vocabulary as a unitary construct: a CEFR-based framework
Veronica Benigno, John De Jong
17.15 - 17.45 Defining the listening construct in multimodal environments
MariCarmen Campoy-Cubillo, Mercedes Querol-Julián
Using a corpus to validate test construct: The case of epistemic markers in the Trinity Lancaster Corpus
Elaine Boyd, Vaclav Brezina (971 KB)
The construct of the collocation knowledge in language testing
Margarita Alonso-Ramos


Saturday, 7th May

9.00 - 10.00 Key note 2: April Ginther
Fluency and Interactivity
(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 10 minutes)
10.00 - 10.30 Construct(s) measured in face-to-face and video-conferencing delivered speaking tests
Fumiyo Nakatsuhara, Chihiro Inoue, Vivien Berry, Evelina Galacz (1,0 MB)
10.30 - 11.00 Test-taker interaction: How do raters perceive the construct?
Linda Borger (383 KB)
Coffee break
Parallel Papers
(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 5 minutes)
11.30 - 12.00 Assessment of pragmatic competence in foreign language teaching
Kathrin Siebold
The CEFR as construct across national contexts – Is your B2 my B2?
Franz Holzknecht, Ari Huhta (420 KB)
Revisiting an EAP Speaking test: what is 'EAP Speaking', exactly?
Bruce Howell (1,9 MB)
12.00 - 12.30 The construct validity of a C2 exam for university students
Laura Riera Grau (263 KB)
Exploring interactions between learner and task characteristics in a reading test of French for young learners – the example of the language of rubrics and response
Katharina Karges, Malgorzata Barras, Peter Lenz (988 KB)
SYMPOSIUM (90''): Revisiting the speaking construct: Multiple perspectives
Organizers: India C. Plough, Jayanti Banerjee, Presenters: Spiros Papageorgiou, Cathy Taylor, Alistair Van Moere, Discussant: Steven Ross
12.30 - 13.00 Writing on Admissions Tests and in University Classes: Two Constructs or One?
Brent Bridgeman (559 KB)
What is speaking made of? Comparing 9th graders’ speaking performances in English and Swedish
Raili Hilden, Marita Härmälä (1,2 MB)
13.00 - 13.30 Assessing oral proficiency in a foreign language
Natalia Ringblom
Construct validation in a test of reading for young learners
Angela Hasselgreen, Torbjorn Torsheim (973 KB)
Lunch Break
15.00 - 16.30 Annual General Meeting
16.30 - 17.00 Coffee break and poster presentations
  Poster: A framework for enhancing teachers’ assessment literacy
Dina Tsagari, Karin Vogt, Ildikó Csépes, Tony Green, Nicos Sifakis (576 KB)
  Poster: How does preparing for the US citizenship test affect candidates’ perceptions of societal values and language learning?
Aurelia Schwarzmann
  Poster: Analysis of Reading Construct in PTE Academic
Abdullah Arslan, Salih Ozenici
  Poster: Motivation and attainment in English for tourism among university undergraduates
Zoltán Lukácsi
  Poster: Choice Given or Not?: Assessing Writing Skills of EFL Students
Meral Melek Unver
  Poster: The interface of consequential validity and language assessment literacy
Dina Tsagari, Karin Vogt (182 KB)
  Poster: Investigating the construct of a writing test across languages: a corpus based approach
Michael Maurer, David Moreno (75 KB)
  Poster: Construct validation: challenges of a multi-level Language Program
Yevgeniya Pronoza
Parallel Papers
(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 5 minutes)
17.00 - 17.30
Different but the same? An investigation into the rating behavior of local and overseas raters of an academic writing test in Japan
Daniel Joyce
Classroom Assessment Construct: EFL Teachers’ Perceptions and Practice
Hossein Farhady
Tests of lexicogrammar: using expert judgements to investigate their underlying construct
Theresa Weiler(166 KB)
17.30 - 18.00 An examination of how analytic raters adapt to holistic marking: a quantitative study
Judith Fairbairn (328 KB)
Test-takers’ voices in assessment tasks
Sehnaz Sahinkarakas
Psychometric analysis: Evaluation of EAP Language Tests ítems and a Pre-sessional course
Ricardo de la Garza Cano


Sunday, 8th May

(Presentation: 20 minutes, Questions: 10 minutes)
9.30 - 10.00 Re-defining the construct of vocabulary size tests: Challenging Conventions
Benjamin Kremmel
10.00 - 10.30 Investigating the construct of speaking proficiency for young language learners: A discourse-analytic study
Ching-Ni Hsieh, Yuan Wang (892 KB)
10.30 - 11.00 What to test at C1?
Susan Sheehan
Coffee break
11.30 - 12.30 Round table & concluding remarks
Conference Close



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