The 5th Annual EALTA Conference

Conference Program

 

5th Annual Conference of the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA)

"Assessment Literacy in Europe and Beyond: Realities and Prospects"

Conference dates: May 8-11, 2008

Venue: Hellenic American Union

 

 

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Time
Location
18:00-19:30

Registration

Ground floor

19:30

Welcome cocktail reception

Roof Garden (8th floor)

 

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Time
Location
09:00-09:45 Keynote Paper

"Vocabulary Testing: Some Methodological Considerations"

Norman Verhelst

CITO, The Netherlands

 

Main Conference Hall

09:45-10:15

"EALTA's Guidelines for Good Practice: A Test of Implementation"

Charles Alderson

Lancaster University, UK

Jayanti Banerjee

University of Michigan, USA

 

 

Main Conference Hall

10:15-10:45

"Professional Language Proficiency: Setting Thresholds in Engineering"

David Watt

Andreea Cervatiuc

University of Calgary, Canada

 

Main Conference Hall

10:45-11:15

Coffee break

11:15-11:45

"Exploring the Theoretical Basis for Developing Measurement Instruments on the CEFR"

Gary Buck

Spiros Papageorgiou

University of Michigan, USA

Forest Platzek

Lidget Green Inc.

 

 

Main Conference Hall

11:45-12:15

"Effects of Computer Interface Design on High School Graduates"

Jesús García Laborda

Ana Gimeno Sanz

Emilia Enriquez Carrasco

Teresa Magal Royo

Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

 

 

Main Conference Hall

12:15-12:45

"Use of Young Learner Can-dos as Part of Formative Assessment"

Szilvia Papp

Neil Jones

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, UK

 

Main Conference Hall

12:45-15:00

Lunch break

15:00-15:30

"A Test Validation Study Based on Textual Analysis"

Christine Niakaris

Hellenic American Union & Hellenic American University, Greece

 

Main Conference Hall

15:30-16:00

"To Assess Speaking Analytically or Holistically?"

Taner Yapar

TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey

 

Main Conference Hall

16:00-16:30

"Towards the Calibration of Translation Errors: The Why and the How"

June Eyckmans

Erasmushogeschool & Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Philippe Anckaert

Haute Ecole Francisco Ferrer & Hogeschool-Universiteit

Brussel, Belgium

Winibert Segers

Lessius Hogeschool & Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

 

 

 

Main Conference Hall

16:30-17:00

Coffee break

17:00-17:30

"The Role of Communication in Creating Positive Washback"

Dianne Wall

Lancaster University, UK

Tania Horäk

Lancaster University, UK

 

 

Main Conference Hall

17:30-18:00

"Procedures for Training Item Writers"

John H.A.L. de Jong

Pearson Language Tests, UK

 

Main Conference Hall

 

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Time
Location
09:00-09:30

"Auditing the Validity Argument"

Nick Saville

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, UK

Piet van Avermaet

Centre for Intercultural Education, University of Ghent, Belgium

Henk Kuijper

CITO, The Netherlands

 

 

 

Main Conference Hall

09:30-10:00

"A Case Study: Conceptual Changes in Assessment Practices"

Sehnaz Sahinkarakas

Kagan Buyukkarci

University of Cukurova, Turkey

 

Main Conference Hall

10:00-10:30

"Scaled Scores-Theoretical and Practical Challenges"

Sarah Briggs

Fernando Fleurquin

University of Michigan, USA

 

Main Conference Hall

10:30-11:00

Coffee break

Work-in-Progress Parallel Presentations
11:00-11:20

"Writing in Context: a European Study of Comparative Academic Literacy Practices"

Carole Sedgwick

Roehampton University / Lancaster University, UK

 

Main Conference Hall

""Can Do": What Can They Do after All?"

Maria Davou

Lancaster University, UK

 

Kennedy Gallery

11:20-11:40

"Assessing the Literacy of Children: A CEFR-linked Longitudinal Study"

Angela Hasselgreen

Bergen University College, Norway

 

Main Conference Hall

"Is Your Test Question Related to My Answer? Exploring the Relationship Between Test-takers' Interpretations of Spoken Text and the MC-test Format"

Joanna Anckar

CALS, Jyväskylä University, Finland

 

Kennedy Gallery

11:40-12:00

"City & Guilds CEFR Linking Project: Work in Progress"

Rachel Roberts

City & Guilds, UK

 

Main Conference Hall

"LangPerform - Computer Simulations for Training, Documentation and Evaluation of Language Performance"

Kim Haataja

National Center for Professional Development in Education, Finland

 

Kennedy Gallery

12:00-12:20

"Text Comprehension Difficulty from the Test-takers' Perspective: Predicting the Unpredictable"

Trisevgeni Liontou

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

 

 

Main Conference Hall

"Teaching and Assessing Argumentation and Negotiation Skills"

Ritva Aho

Army Academy, Finland

 

Kennedy Gallery

12:20-13:30: Poster sessions

"Computer-delivered Test of Finnish for Ingrian "Return Immigrants": Framework and Results"

Kaija Kärkkäinen

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Anu Lipsonen

Mänttä Senior Secondary, Finland

Jani Lankinen

Renet Oy, Finland

 

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"Similarities and Differences in EFL Proficiency-A Multifaceted Analytic Approach"

Lisbeth Åberg-Bengtsson

Göteborg University, Sweden / Mid Sweden University

Gudrun Erickson

Jan-Eric Gustafsson

Sölve Ohlander

Dorte Velling Pedersen

Göteborg University, Sweden

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"Assessment Literacy: Outreach in Teacher Education"

Nigel Downey

Christine Niakaris

Hellenic American Union & Hellenic American University, Greece

Alexandra Tsakogianni

Hellenic American Union

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"The Challenges of Testing Candidates with Disabilities: Guidelines for Stakeholders"

Fernando Fleurquin

University of Michigan, USA

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"L1 and L2: Differences in Lexical Richness of Produced Genres"

Krista Kerge

Tallinn University, Estonia

Hille Pajupuu

Institute of the Estonian Language, Estonia

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"Measurement Equivalence of Written C-Tests and Multiple-Choice C-Tests"

Hella Klemmert

German Federal Employment Service, Germany

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"An Analytic Investigation of Paired Compositions from a High-stakes Writing Test"

Sarah van Bonn

Aaron Ohlrogge

Fernando Fleurquin

Barbara Dobson

University of Michigan, USA

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"Assessment Literacy of Foreign Language Teachers in Europe-Current Trends and Future Perspectives"

Karin Vogt

University of Education Karlsruhe, Germany

Elisabeth Guerin

University of Florence, Italy

Sehnaz Sahinkarakas

University of Cukurova, Turkey

Dina Tsagari

Hellenic Open University, Greece

Pavlos Pavlou

University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Qatip Arifi

Southeastern European University, FYROM

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"Measuring Fairness in Terms of Test-taker Characteristics"

Anna Mouti

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghika Gallery

13:30-14:30

Lunch break

14:30-15:15 - Keynote Paper

"Assessment Literacy of EFL Teachers in Greece - Current, Trends and Future Prospects"

Dina Tsagari

Hellenic Open University, Greece

 

Main Conference Hall

15:15-15:45

"Codes of Ethics and Good Practice and Consumers' Rights in Language Testing"

Pavlos Pavlou

University of Cyprus

 

Main Conference Hall

15:45-17:15

AGM

Main Conference Hall

20:00

Dinner

"Le Grand Balcon" restaurant,

"St. George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel"

(roof garden)

 

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Time
Location
09:00-09:30

"IELTS and the Academic Reading Construct"

Tony Green

University of Bedfordshire, UK

Cyril Weir

University of Bedfordshire, UK

 

 

Main Conference Hall

09:30-10:00

"Evaluation and Control of Rater Reliability: Holistic vs. Analytic Scoring"

Claudia Harsch

IQB Humboldt - University Berlin

Guido Martin

IEA DPC, Hamburg

 

Main Conference Hall

10:00-10:30

"A Taxonomy of Argumentative Thesis Statements: The Testing Perspective"

Gyula Tankó

Eötvös University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary

Gergely J. Tamási

International Business School, Budapest, Hungary

 

 

Main Conference Hall

10:30-11:00

Coffee break

11:00-12:30

Panel Discussion

"Assessment Literacy"

Angela Hasselgreen

Mark Reckase

Chair: Felianka Kaftandjieva

 

Main Conference Hall

12:30

Farewell & brunch

 

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