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EALTA Assessing Speaking SIG: Assessing Interactional Competence: Directions and Challenges in the Post-Pandemic Assessment of Speaking (ONLINE)

Tuesday, 29 November 2022, 14:00 - 17:00 PM CET

The EALTA Assessing Speaking SIG will hold an ONLINE ONLY event entitled 'Assessing Interactional Competence: Directions and Challenges in the Post-Pandemic Assessment of Speaking'.

As technology has become more embedded in our lives, and people have become more comfortable with using digital devices such as computers, tablets, and mobile phones, we have seen a concomitant increase in computer-delivered L2 speaking assessments. It is probable that this trend has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which also led to our daily communication being much more digitally mediated than ever before. It is clear that digitally mediated speaking assessments - especially assessments that can be accessed on demand and at home - offer unparalleled access to assessment. However, computer-delivered assessments of speaking competence might affect the construct we measure as such tests may rely on eliciting series of individual turns and provide little opportunity to tap into the candidates' interactional competences.

Yet, the Common European Framework of Reference: Learning, Teaching, Assessment places tremendous value on spoken interaction as an integral aspect of speaking proficiency (CEFR, 2018, pp. 85 - 94) and several governments and other organisations expect language assessment providers to offer an assessment of interactive speaking as part of their speaking exams. It is challenging to operationalize and assess interactive competence in face-to-face assessments of speaking, and the challenges are, arguably, multiplied when assessing speaking using a computer-delivered test. As a result, researchers and practitioners need to consider numerous questions whenever they would like to create assessments that measure interactional competence.

In this online event, we would like to focus on interactional competence as a unique feature of speaking. We envisage proposals that engage with the challenges of assessing interactive competence from various possible angles, for example:

The session will include individual presentations and discussion via a discussant.

We look forward to receiving presentation proposals from colleagues who would like to share insights from their research or present on their current practice. Presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes. Presenters should be prepared to present their paper via live-streaming


EALTA SIG for SIGN Webinar: Aassessing interaction in sign language productions

November 21, 2022, 16.00 to 17.30 CEST

The EALTA SIG for SIGN is hosting a webinar on assessing interaction in sign language productions.

We will have two presentations from experts in sign language education and assessment:

Presentation 1:

Assessing Sign Language by Means of an Interview: Experiences from Assessors of Sign Language of the Netherlands.
SaÏd Jamal Alyass and Eveline Boers, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences

Presentation 2:

Assessing Interaction Competency in German Sign Language: Implementation in BA Deaf Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Christian Rathmann and Thomas Geißler, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The webinar will be interpreted from/to spoken English/International Sign. Interpretation service will be provided by Overseas Interpreting. Interpreting is funded by EALTA.

Please register for the webinar.

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