The 5th Annual EALTA Conference

Speakers

The confirmed speakers are as follows:

(in alphabetical order)

 

Lisbeth Åberg-Bengtsson

Ritva Aho

J Charles Alderson

Philippe Anckaert

Joanna Anckar

Qatip Arifi

Jayanti Banerjee

Sarah Briggs

Gary Buck

Kaan Buyukkarci

Emilia Enríquez Carrasco

Andreea Cervatiuc

Maria Davou

Nigel Downey

Gudrun Erickson

June Eyckmans

Fernando Fleurquin

Jesús García Laborda

Ana Gimeno Sanz

Anthony Green

Elizabeth Guerin

Jan-Eric Gustafsson

Kim Haataja

Claudia Harsch

Angela Hasselgreen

Tania Horäk

Neil Jones

John H.A.L. de Jong

Kaija Kärkkäinen

Krista Kerge

Hella Klemmert

Henk Kuijper

Jani Lankinen

Trisevgeni Liontou

Teresa Magal Royo

Guido Martin

Anna Mouti

Christine Niakaris

Sölve Ohlander

Hille Pajupuu

Spiros Papageorgiou

Szilvia Papp

Pavlos  Y.  Pavlou

Forest Platzek

Rachel Roberts

Sehnaz Sahinkarakas

Nick Saville

Carole Sedgwick

Winibert Segers

Gergely J. Tamási

Gyula Tankó

Dina Tsagari

Alexandra Tsakogianni

Piet Van Avermaet

Dorte Velling Pedersen

Norman Verhelst

Karin Vogt

Dianne Wall

David Watt

Cyril J Weir

Taner Yapar

 

 

 

Lisbeth Åberg-Bengtsson

 

Lisbeth Åberg-Bengtsson is Professor of Education at the University of Gothenburg and Mid Sweden University. One main research interest is the internal structure of achievement tests and another is students’ understanding of graphically represented quantitative information, also touching upon multimodality and visual literacy. In many of her research projects she has focused on issues of dimensionality, for example in language assessment data. Presently, she is the co-ordinator of the USES-project, which will be presented at the poster session (USES being the acronym for the Swedish project title: Similarities and differences in English language proficiency).

 

 

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Ritva Aho

 

MA, English Philology as major, 1984; Phil. Lic. 2001; Applied Language Studies; PhD 2003, Applied Language Studies.  Principal Lecturer of Languages at the Army Academy, Lappeenranta, Finland 1991 -2006. Publications: Aho, R. (2001)”Sons of a Heroic Nation . . .” Language-Needs and Language Proficiency, Self-Assessed by Finnish Peace-Keepers in Regular Service. Aho, R. (2003) Systematic Language-in-Education Planning: The Finnish Defence Forces in Focus. Aho, R. (2006) Operational English Proficiency of Commissioned Officers - A New Weapons System for the Finnish Defence Forces. Presentations at the EALTA Conferences: Krakow, Poland 2006: Sitges, Spain 2007. Others: Vaasa, Finland 2007. The present project: Teaching and assessing argumentation and negotiation skills. Foreign experience: London, Great Britain 1962–1963, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania 1979-1981; Colombo, Sri Lanka 1986-1988.

 

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J Charles Alderson

 

J Charles Alderson is Professor of Linguistics and English Language Education at the University of Lancaster. He was Scientific Coordinator of DIALANG 1999-2002 (www.dialang.org). He has published 17 books, 79 articles in refereed journals and chapters in books, 19 other publications, including research reports, 165 papers presented at professional conferences and seminars, and 197 seminars, workshops and consultancies outside Lancaster University, for numerous sponsors (The British Council, Overseas Development Administration, Council of Europe, overseas universities, etc). He was Director of a major international project to produce the IELTS test, was Director of Testing and Certification at the University of Michigan and is currently adviser to a number of examination boards and agencies in Central Europe. He is former President of the International Language Testing Association, was co-editor of the main international journal in the field of language testing for 5 years (until 2002), and is currently co-editor (with Lyle Bachman of UCLA) of the Cambridge Language Assessment Series, published by Cambridge University Press, in which series his book Assessing Reading was published in 2000. He was the holder of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2003, as a result of which his latest book, on Diagnosing foreign language proficiency: The interface between learning and assessment (Continuum Press) was published in 2005.

 

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Philippe Anckaert

 

Philippe Anckaert is head of the Research Centre “Languages and Cultures” at the University College Francisco Ferrer (Brussels). He is consultant for SELOR (the Belgian national recruitment agency) and a member of the Examination Board of the Judicial Office in Belgium. He publishes in the fields of language testing, foreign language learning, translation assessment and translation studies.

 

 

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Joanna Anckar

 

Joanna Anckar comes from Finland and represents the Swedish-speaking minority in the country (around 5%). She has studied at the only Swedish-speaking university in the country, Åbo Academy (in Turku) where she’s studied to be a teacher of French and English as a FL for the secondary school level.

She is currently finishing her PhD ( for the university of Jyväskylä), which is a qualitative-quantitative study on the quality of a MC-test of listening comprehension of French as a FL for which she has developed a type of verbal protocol tool ‘the short written introspection’.

She works with different national examinations, with the Finnish Matriculation exam of French as a FL, with the National Examination of Swedish for Civil servants and with other tests.

 

 

 

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Qatip Arifi

 

Qatip Arifi has a Master of Science in Language Education. At the moment, he works as a High Lector at Language Center in the South East European University in Tetovo,former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. His main interests are English for specific purposes, alternative assessment and ELP.

 

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Jayanti Banerjee

 

Jayanti Banerjee is a language assessment specialist in the Testing and Certification Division of the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan. She is involved in designing and conducting research projects related to the ELI testing programs and in overseeing and managing all stages of test development projects. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, she worked at Lancaster University where she coordinated their Hong Kong MA TESOL master's degree, taught on various master's degree and PhD courses, and supervised master's degree and PhD projects. Her most recent research activities have included a validation study of the ELPAC test (http://elpac.info/), a test of Aviation English designed by EUROCONTROL (http://www.eurocontrol.int/index1.html), as well as a project documenting linguistic markers of the different levels of foreign language proficiency. She has published in the areas of language testing and English for academic purposes and presented papers at a number of international conferences.

 

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Sarah Briggs

 

Sarah Briggs is a Language Assessment Specialist in the Testing and Certification Division of the English Language Institute of the University of Michigan.  She holds a B.A. in English from Hanover College, an M.S. in International Education and a Ph.D. in English Education from Indiana University.

Sarah’s career in English language teaching and testing began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia and she later served as a K-12 ESL Specialist in the U.S.  She also has been a university instructor of English as a Foreign Language in Kuwait and Morocco.

At the University of Michigan, where she has been for over 25 years, she has been involved in test development, administration, research and review of various English language examinations including the Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE), the Examination for the Certification of Competency in English (ECCE), Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), the Academic English Evaluation (AEE), and the Graduate Student Instructor Oral English Test (GSI-OET).  She is particularly interested in the assessment of listening and oral language ability and was a developer of the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE).

 

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Gary Buck

 

Gary Buck is an applied linguist with a strong assessment background. His first degree, from Oxford University, is in Oriental Studies, he has an M.Ed from Temple University in TESOL, and his Ph.D. is from Lancaster University in second-language assessment, with a dissertation on Testing of Second Language Listening Comprehension. He has published widely on assessment issues, including his book, Assessing Listening Comprehension, and has given numerous conference presentations and invited talks.

He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in Japanese and the US universities, and worked in the research division at Educational Testing Services, carrying out research on the TOEFL, TOEIC, SAT and AP language tests. He was Dean of Testing at the Defense Language Institute, where he was responsible for developing high-stakes proficiency and achievement tests in 21 different languages, and has worked  designing and developing new assessments for the No Child Left Behind legislation. He is co-founder, President, and Technical Director of Lidget Green, where he has designed and developed a number of internet-based tests. He joined the University of Michigan in September 2006, as Director of Testing, where he manages a large international language testing program.

 

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Kaan Buyukkarci

 

Kaan Buyukkarci completed three years of his BA at ELT Department of Selcuk University, Turkey and 1 year in University of Houston, Texas.  He had his MA in the field of ELT at Selcuk University.  He worked for two years as a Research Assistant in the same university and now he is doing his PhD and working as a research assistant at the ELT Department of Cukurova University, Turkey.

 

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Emilia Enríquez Carrasco

 

Emilia Enríquez Carrasco has a PhD in Spanish Philology. She has been involved in phonetics and literature and cooperated in automatized voice recognition. At the moment, she is the head researcher of some research projects from Universidad Politecnica de Valencia.

 

 

 

 

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Andreea Cervatiuc

 

Andreea Cervatiuc is Post-Doctoral Fellow associated with the Chair in English as an Additional Language, at the University of Calgary.  She completed a Ph.D. in Education, specializing in Teaching English as a Second Language. Her doctoral dissertation explores second language acquisition and English proficiency assessment, with a focus on vocabulary learning. Her research interests lie in the areas of second language acquisition, vocabulary teaching and learning, English proficiency assessment, immigrant integration, and language curriculum design. Dr. Cervatiuc is a nationally certified language assessor for the Canadian Language Benchmarks and has recently conducted research to benchmark the threshold of professional language proficiency needed for licensure in the Engineering profession.

 

 

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Maria Davou 

 

Maria Davou is a teacher, teacher trainer and researcher. She has an MA in TESOL, St Michael’s College, Vermont, US and is currently studying for a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Lancaster University, UK. She holds an ESRC research award. Her research area is Second Language Acquisition. Her research interests include Language Development, Language Assessment, Multilingualism, Language Teaching and Pedagogy. She has more than fifteen years experience in teaching, teacher training and syllabus design in Greece and the US.

 

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Nigel Downey

 

Nigel Downey is currently Head of Teacher Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics and Language Studies at the Hellenic American Union. He is also Coordinator for Testing Development at the Hellenic American University. He has the RSA Diploma (DELTA), an MA in TEFL from St. Michael’s College, Vermont, USA, and is researching for his PhD in Applied Linguistics from Lancaster University, UK, specializing in Testing.

Nigel has been in the EFL profession in Greece for over twenty years. He has taught at language schools in Veria and Mytilene, as well as for the British Council in Athens. He has been a teacher trainer for the past nine years and has taught on the MA in TESOL summer program at St. Michael’s College, USA as Visiting Professor.

Nigel has also written and collaborated on a number of books and articles, as well as participating strongly in the Hellenic American Union outreach program for EFL teachers, both in Greece and abroad. He is also a member of TESOL Greece, and has been Secretary General for two consecutive years and recently was its Treasurer.

At present, Nigel is engaged in projects relating to testing and teacher education, and is also teaching on the MA in Applied Linguistics program at the Hellenic American University.

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Gudrun Erickson

 

Formerly a language teacher and teacher trainer. Presently, senior lecturer of language didactics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Commissioned by the Swedish National Agency for Education as project leader for the development of the national assessment materials for English, French, German and Spanish used in the Swedish school system (compulsory school, upper-secondary, and adult education). To some extent still engaged in teacher pre- and in-service training, focusing on [language] assessment, testing and grading. Experienced in national curriculum and syllabus design. Project leader for the Swedish section of the Assessment of English study, underlying the present poster presentation. Engaged in EBAFLS (Building a European Bank of Anchor Items for Foreign Language Skills). Swedish partner representative in ENLTA. Presently Secretary/Treasurer of EALTA. My main research interest is collaboration in test development, with special focus on students' conceptions of, and attitudes to, language assessment - identifying, eliciting and interpreting these conceptions, and making use of them in test development and validation.

 

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June Eyckmans

 

June Eyckmans took her Master’s degree in Germanic Languages at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and she obtained her PhD from the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). In 2001, she started to work in the Department of Applied Linguistics of the Erasmus University College Brussels where she continued her research. In 2006 she became professor of Applied Linguistics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She publishes in the fields of language testing, foreign language learning, translation assessment and interpreting studies.

 

 

 

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Fernando Fleurquin

 

Fernando Fleurquin has been involved in teaching and testing EFL for over 25 years as a teacher, teacher educator, materials writer, and the academic director of the Binational Center in Uruguay. He is an EFL teacher and a medical doctor, and holds a Master's Degree in Marketing and Business Administration. Both a consultant and an author, he has offered training programs about teaching and testing, marketing, and administration of quality programs in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. In his current position at the University of Michigan, he is the Manager of Test Administration and Certification, and supervises the communications with test centers and the administration of the English examinations developed at the Testing Division of the English Language Institute. He has received the TESOL Leadership Mentoring Award, the TOEFL Award for International Participation, and the Spaan Fellowship for the development of a testing project for young learners. He is co-author of the Michigan Guide to the ECCE, volumes 1 and 2.

 

 

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Jesús García Laborda

 

Jesús García Laborda holds a PhD in applied linguistics (U. Complutense Madrid, Spain), a Master’s in Comparative Literature and Language (U. Wisconsin-Milwaukee), a Master’s in E.S.L (U. Georgia) and is currently working on his second PhD. in Language Education (U. Valencia, Spain). He’s given training courses in Yugoslavia and Bosnia, and taught in Spain, USA, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia and Yugoslavia. His current interest is computer based low-stakes assessment. His latest publications include a review of computer based standardized language test for the Language learning and Technology journal. 

 

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Ana Gimeno Sanz

 

Ana Gimeno Sanz, born in Leicestershire (UK), has been a member of the teaching and research staff at the Language Department of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), Spain, since 1985 and is Senior Lecturer in English. She currently holds the position of Director of the Foreign Language Development Office for the UPV.

She has published a number of research papers on language learning and teaching, more specifically in the fields of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). She has recently published CALL Software Design and Implementation: the template approach (SP-UPV, 2002), and is co-author of three books for learners of English for engineering purposes.

She has been Project Manager of several funded multimedia CALL research and development projects (http://www.upv.es/camille) which have led to the publication of various language courses on CD-ROM: Español Interactivo and Español en marcha (Difusión, 1998); Valencià Interactiu (Bromera, 2000) and ¡Bienvenido a bordo! (Unicorn, 2002).

In addition to participating in two EU funded LINGUA projects, HELLO NET and WELCOME, she is Project Manager of Proyecto INGENIO, funded by UPV, to create a dedicated CALL authoring shell and content manager to enable the publication of interactive courseware for foreign language learning delivered over the web.

Ana Gimeno is also currently Vice-President of the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL) (http://www.upv.es/eurocall).

 

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Anthony Green

 

Anthony Green, is Principal Lecturer in Assessment, Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment, University of Bedfordshire.

Author of the recent IELTS Washback in Context (CUP), Tony Green received his PhD in Language testing from the University of Surrey in 2003.  He has lectured in Language Testing and Assessment at the University of Bedfordshire, Cambridge University, Reading University, London Metropolitan University and Oxford Brookes University.  He has participated in many language test development and validation projects around the world, including four years spent in Cambridge working for Cambridge ESOL Examinations.  He joined the Centre for English Language Learning and Assessment at the University of Bedfordshire in 2006.


His current research interests include the relationship between assessment and learning, the assessment of literacy skills and practical test development.

 

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Elizabeth Guerin

 

Elizabeth Guerin teaches English at the Education Faculty, University of Florence (I). Her main interests are Language Testing, and research issues related to the CEF(R) together with Cognitive Learning Processes, the use of ICT in Language Learning, and Teacher Professional Development and Education.

 

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Jan-Eric Gustafsson

 

I have been a professor of Education at Gothenburg University since 1986. One of my research interests concerns individual prerequisites for education, in which field I have been working on models for the structure of cognitive abilities, and on instruments for selection to higher education. Another field of research concerns effects of education on knowledge and skills, which I have studied in international studies of educational achievement, among other approaches. Issues concerning organization of education, and the importance of resources, such as teacher competence, have also increasingly come into focus. Another line of research, which is running in parallel with the substantively oriented research, concerns development of quantitative methods with a focus on measurement and statistical analysis.   

 

 

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Kim Haataja

 

  • Born in Tampere, Finland, in 1972
  • Studies at University of Stavanger, Norway; University of Tampere, Finland; University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Ph.D. at University of Heidelberg, Germany (2004) / Institute of General and Applied Linguistics (IAAS)
    • Dissertation on L1-Finnish speaking students’ acquisition of oral skills in German as a foreign language (GFL) (L2) in German medium CLIL-education vs. GFL-classrooms in Finland
  • Current position: Head of Department of Foreign Languages, International and Multicultural Education at OPEKO, the National Centre for Professional Development in Education, Finland
  • Some current projects:
    • Content and Language Integrated Learning in German (CLILiG): State of the Art and Development Potential in Europe (2005-2008) / European Commission
    • CLIL_DaF_TT: Teacher Training for CLIL through German as a Foreign Language / European Centre for Modern Languages, Graz
    • Common Constitution and Language Learning / European Commission
    • LangPerform: Development of Computer Simulations for Training, Documentation and Evaluation of Language Performance  

 

Specific research interests: Content and Language Integrated Learning in German (CLILiG); bi-/plurilingual education, language immersion, oral language skills, early language education, computer-aided language acquisition, teaching and testing. 

 

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Claudia Harsch

 

Claudia Harsch is a research scientist at the Institute for Educational Progress (IQB,  Humboldt-University, Berlin). She received her Masters degree in Didactics of Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics in German and English from the University of Augsburg, Germany, in 2001. She then worked at Augsburg University with Prof. Schröder in several language testing projects. Her PhD thesis investigates the relevance of the Common European Framework of Reference for various aspects of language assessment. She obtained her PhD degree in 2006. From 2005 on, she consulted the test developer team at the IQB. She has been working at the IQB since 2007, where her research interests focus on the training of item developers, on the development of foreign language tests with special focus on instruments for assessing writing, on teacher training and on the implementation of the Common European Framework in the foreign language classroom.

 

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Angela Hasselgreen

 

Angela Hasselgreen is professor of English Language and Didactics at Bergen University College, Faculty of Teacher Education.  She has been a teacher/teacher trainer in English as a foreign language in Norway since 1975, and is currently one of the team responsible for developing national tests of English for Norwegian school children. She was also leader of the team which developed the latest national school curriculum in English in Norway. She has carried out research on both testing and non-testing assessment of the foreign language of school children. Her current research involves assessing the English  literacy of primary school children, related to the CEFR. She is the author/editor of several publications within the fields of language assessment.

 

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Tania Horäk

 

Tania Horäk has worked as a Research Associate on the TOEFL Impact Study since January 2003. She has a BA (Hons) in European Studies from Hull University and an MA from Applied Linguistics for TEFL from Lancaster University. Her thesis investigated perceptions of oral fluency. Tania’s TEFL career started in the Czech Republic. She has also worked for the British Council in Bangladesh and Lithuania, in the areas of TEFL teaching, teacher training, trainer training and project management. Her interests lie primarily in language testing and teacher development. She is registered as a part-time PhD student and is working in the area of ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) assessment within the UK context.

 

 

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Neil Jones

 

Neil Jones holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh (UK) on the application of item response theory. He has previous extensive experience as teacher and director of studies in several countries including Poland and Japan, has set up English teaching departments at university level, and worked on materials development, teacher training, multimedia study centres. Neil’s role as Principal Research and Validation Co-ordinator involves working on innovative developments including item-banking, Cambridge ESOL common scale, computer-adaptive testing, and the Asset languages initiative. His current interests are formative assessment, and the construction of multilingual language proficiency frameworks like the Common European Framework of Reference.

 

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John H.A.L. de Jong


John H.A.L. de Jong is Vice President of Test Development at Pearson Language Tests and has more than 30 years experience in language testing.

John graduated in General Linguistics, French and English languages from Leiden University and obtained a Ph.D. in Educational Measurement from Twente University. He has published numerous articles and books on language acquisition and assessment and on educational measurement. He has specialised in empirical scaling of language proficiency and promotes the development of internationally standardised reporting scales of language proficiency. He was involved from the start in developing the Common European Framework for Languages.

After teaching French for seven years John continued his career at CITO, the Dutch National Institute for Educational Management. In 2000 he set up a company "Language Testing Services" (LTS), to provide advice and services in the areas of language curriculum development, language testing and assessment in general to national and international educational authorities, educational institutions and international business corporations. Among his clients were several national ministries of education, the World Bank, the OECD and the European Union. He joined Pearson Language Tests in September 2006.

 

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Kaija Kärkkäinen

 

Kaija Kärkkäinen has an MA degree from the University of Jyväskylä with Swedish as her major and minors in German, Education and Psychology.

In addition to experience in teaching at school, she worked in 1974-1996 at the national Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, as a researcher specializing in questions related to the teaching and learning of Swedish as a L2. Most of her work focused on language test development and assessment of learning outcomes in several rounds of national assessment. In addition to this, she took an active part in national curriculum development projects in 1975-1985. In 1997-2003 she coordinated the national foreign language certificates system (YKI), which offers examinations in nine languages. Since 2003 she has coordinated the development and implementation of the official examination of Finnish (Swedish) for Ingrian "return immigrants" (DIPAKI). She has served as a member of several commissions and expert groups set up to develop language education. She was a member of the national Matriculation Examination Board in 1987-2006.

 

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Krista Kerge

 

Krista Kerge has a PhD in linguistics and is associate professor in general and applied linguistics at the Institute of the Estonian Language and Culture of Tallinn University (Estonia). Main fields of research: linguistic varieties, text and discourse analysis (syntactic complicacy and politeness of texts in different fields of language use; structure and inter-textual features of media-comments; contextuality; lexical richness; poetic licence), word formation, applied linguistics (L1 and L2 acquisition, legal language, language policy, etc.). Author or co-author of 13 monographs or manuals, 19 pre-reviewed and about 60 other articles, over 50 popular papers in Teachers Weekly, Cultural Weekly, daily newspapers, etc., 20 presentations at international and 30 at local conferences, editor of 7 books. Member of many state boards, commissions, etc. See: https://www.etis.ee/index.aspx?lang=en > People (search by name).

 

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Hella Klemmert

 

Hella Klemmert is Research Manager at the Department of Psychological Research and Development of the Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg, Germany. She holds a Ph.D. (2004) and M.Sc. (Dipl.-Psych., 1999) degree in Psychology and a M.Sc. (Dipl.-Math., 1989) degree in Mathematics, all from Technical University, Berlin. Before coming to Nuremberg in 2004, she was Research Associate with teaching responsibilities (1998 – 2003) at the department of Psychological Methodology, Technical University Berlin, under the head of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bortz. Between these two appointments, she worked for 6 months as psychometrician at TestDAF Institute, Hagen, Germany.

At the Federal Employment Agency, Dr. Klemmert is responsible for different projects in the area of cognitive ability testing, e.g. development of German and English C-Tests and assessment of math and reading competencies. Special focus of the Employment Agency is the interpretation of test results with regard to occupational aptitude of the clients. With her strong background in methodology, Dr. Klemmert also serves as an expert in IRT scaling and in adaptive testing.

 

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Henk Kuijper

 

Henk Kuijper is senior consultant at CITO in the Adult and Vocational Education Unit. He is involved in projects for language test development for Dutch as a second language and Dutch as a mother tongue. He has also worked in international consultancy projects for language testing. He has carried out research on equating computer-based language examinations and on relating language examinations to the CEFR. He is member of the ALTE Code of Practice and Quality Management Working group.

 

 

 

 

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Jani Lankinen

 

Jani Lankinen is in charge of product development at Renet Oy Network Limited, located in Heinola, Finland. He has been in charge of planning and developing the software used in the DIPAKI examination. A suite of programs have been developed for DIPAKI used in examination delivery, in rating performances, and in developing tests from a task bank. Renet Oy has developed and develops several other IT-based digital systems for teaching and for information management. Jani Lankinen has participated in developing programs for testing language and cultural knowledge of immigrants to the Netherlands and programs for "Test of Dutch as a second language" (NT-2). Every year 5.000 – 10.000 people take the test.

 

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Trisevgeni Liontou

 

Trisevgeni Liontou, a PhD student at the Faculty of English Studies, University of Athens, is investigating the effect specific text and reader variables have on the reading comprehension performance of candidates sitting for the Greek State Certificate of English Language Proficiency (KPG). For the last three years, she has been seconded at the Faculty of English Studies of the University of Athens to carry out work related to the evaluation and testing project of the state language exams. She holds a BA from the Faculty of English Studies, University of Athens and an MA in Lexicography: Theory and Applications from the same university, where she participated in the compilation of an English-Greek False Friends Dictionary. She also holds an MA in Information Technology in Education from Reading University, UK, where she developed computerized teaching applications, specializing in assistive technology for children with physical and learning disabilities. She has worked as an English teacher in the military school of foreign languages and in private iinstitutions and as an ELT consultant in a publishing company.

 

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Teresa Magal Royo

 

Teresa Magal Royo has a PhD. in Graphic Design (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia) and specialist in computer based Graphics design. She teaches at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. She has researched in computer assisted language testing (on interface design). She has publications in computer graphic design and educational computer applications.

 

 

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Guido Martin

 

Guido Martin is a research scientist at IEA Data Processing and Research Center (IEA DPC) in Hamburg.

He received his Diploma degree in sociology at the University of Bremen, Germany in 1998.

He then took part in several research projects at the University of Bremen and was researching and teaching at the University of Bielefeld from 1999 until 2006, mainly in the field of sociological Systems Theory.

He joined the IEA DPC in 2006 and is responsible for the coding and data processing of large scale educational assessment studies.

 

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Anna Mouti

 

Anna Mouti holds a BA in English Studies and a BA in Italian Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She also holds an MA in Sciences of Language and Communication, specialized in Language Didactics and she is currently a PhD Candidate of Aristotle University with a State Scholarship. She teaches English at the University of Macedonia and she also teaches Greek as a foreign language at the School of Modern Greek of Aristotle University.

 

 

 

 

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Christine Niakaris

 

Christine Niakaris is Director of the Center for Applied Linguistics and Language Studies, Hellenic American Union. She has an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, University of Reading, UK and is currently studying for an EdD at the University of Bristol, UK.

Christine has more than twenty years experience in teaching and teacher training in Greece, UK and the British Council, Bahrain. She has taught graduate courses as a visiting professor at Saint Michael's College, Vermont, US for ten consecutive summers 1990 - 2000, and is one of the founders of the Saint Michael's College/Hellenic American Union cooperative MA program in TEFL and the Diploma Program in TEFL.

Christine has also written several EFL textbooks and has provided strong support to the ELT community in Greece through her participation in an extensive outreach program for teachers of English in both private and state school sectors.

More recently, Christine has been involved in research projects related to teacher education and test development as well as the development of a graduate program in Applied Linguistics first offered by the Hellenic American University in 2007.

 

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Sölve Ohlander

 

Sölve Ohlander is a professor of English Language at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. During the period 1998–2007, he was in charge of the construction, research and development of the English Reading Comprehension Test that is part of the Swedish Scholastic Assesssment Test (SweSAT), an entrance test for admission to higher education in Sweden, funded by the Swedish Agency for Higher Education. This work was carried out at the Department of Education alongside of his work at the Department of English.

Besides fields related to the English Reading Comprehension Test, Prof. Ohlander’s research interests range from core linguistic areas, such as syntax and lexicology, to somewhat more ”applied” issues, like the influence of different first languages on the acquisition of English as a second/foreign language, especially the relevance for teachers in today’s language classrooms of having a fair degree of ”multi-contrastive awareness”, linguistically and culturally. Prof. Ohlander has also co-authored grammars intended for the upper secondary school as well as for students at university level.

 

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Hille Pajupuu

 

Hille Pajupuu, PhD in philology, Scientific Secretary, Institute of the Estonian Language; docent, The Estonian Information Technology College, Estonia.

Fields of research: speech acoustics (prosody); speech communication (structure of conversation and temporal characteristics of speech); applied linguistics (language testing).

Current grants and projects: Assessing and modelling of speaking naturalness; The Estonian Emotional Speech Corpus; Estonian as a modelling communicative system: code, translation, and history.

Publications: 2 books in intercultural communication, 20 books in applied linguistics (incl. as co-author), about 25 acad. papers.

See: https://www.etis.ee/index.aspx?lang=en > People (search by name).

 

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Spiros Papageorgiou

 

Spiros Papageorgiou is a language assessment specialist in the Testing and Certification Division of the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan. He is involved in designing and conducting research projects related to the ELI testing programs and in overseeing and managing all stages of test development projects. Spiros has a PhD in language testing and an MA in language studies from Lancaster University, UK, and a BA in English language and linguistics from the University of Athens, Greece. He has worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language in Greece and has taught undergraduate courses in linguistics at Lancaster University. He has participated in a number of research projects in Europe, consulting examination providers about the process of relating their examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference and has presented his work in various international conferences. In 2007 he won the Robert Lado Memorial Award, for the best paper presentation by a graduate student at the 27th Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC). 

 

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Szilvia Papp

 

Szilvia Papp holds a PhD in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Edinburgh (UK). As a lecturer in Higher Education, she has taught on various Applied Linguistics and TEFL/TESOL courses. Within Cambridge ESOL, she has specific research and validation responsibility with regards to Young learners’ examinations. She provides support to assessment products and to the English Profile project in terms of research related to the construct of Writing. Her research interests include the assessment of young learners, learner corpus analysis, language testing for citizenship, second language acquisition of grammar and vocabulary.

 

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Pavlos  Y.  Pavlou

 

Pavlos Y. Pavlou is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cyprus where he teaches courses in EFL Methodology, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistic and Language Testing.  His research interests include ethical issues in language testing, teaching and assessing young learners, CLIL, sociolinguistic and structural aspects of the Greek Cypriot Dialect such as the use of Dialect in the media and education.

 

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Forest Platzek

 

Forest Platzek is employed by Lidget Green Inc., a small company that specializes in language testing. He is the Director of Operations, supervising various language testing projects; his most recent project was the design and development of an online suite of language tests. He also has served as Director of Marketing and Sales, assisting with the design, development, and sales of ESL study and assessment materials. He has a BA in Finance from Hawaii Pacific University and is currently doing an MA in Language Testing at Lancaster University.

 

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Rachel Roberts

 

Rachel Roberts is the Product Manager for the International English Qualification Department at City & Guilds.  With over 14 year's practical experience in ESOL teaching, academic management and assessment, she is now project leader on the City & Guilds CEFR Manual Case Study Project.

 

 

 

 

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Sehnaz Sahinkarakas

 

Sehnaz Sahinkarakas holds her MA and PhD in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language. After working as the Testing Coordinator and the Vice Director at the Language Center of Cukurova University, Turkey, she worked as the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Education of the same university for three years. At the moment, she is an Assistant Professor at the English Language Teaching Department of Cukurova University. Her main interests are classroom assessment, learner autonomy and critical thinking skills.

 

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Nick Saville

 

Nick Saville has over 25 years experience in the field of linguistics, ELT and language testing. He worked for Cagliari University in Italy for six years and spent 2 years working in Japan before joining Cambridge University in 1989.

In 2001 he became the Director of ESOL’s Research and Validation Division managing a research and validation team of about 30 staff. This work involves both quantitative and qualitative aspects of language test validation and covers all four language skills. He has been the representative of Cambridge ESOL in ALTE since it was established in 1990 and has collaborated in numerous conferences and testing projects with the other ALTE members and associates. He is member of the ALTE Code of Practice and Quality Management Working group. He also has close involvement with other European initiatives, such as the Council of Europe's work related to the CEFR and Reference Level Description projects.  He is Associate Editor of Language Assessment Quarterly.

 

 

 

 

 

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Carole Sedgwick

 

Carole Sedgwick is Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts at Roehampton University, where she developed and co-ordinated English for Academic Purposes provision and the Applied Linguistics and TESOL undergraduate programmes. She now teaches modules on language assessment, the language learner, language society and power and language skills. She has a range of experience in ELT in the private and state sector at home and abroad, including ESP and language awareness training for public sector workers. Her research interests are in the area of language testing. In 2003 she conducted a survey into the assessment of written English on English language degree programmes in universities across Europe, which was published in Language Assessment Quarterly, September 2007. She is currently engaged in a research project for her PhD to compare language practices in two different linguistic and cultural contexts in Europe.

 

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Winibert Segers

 

Professor of Translation Studies KULeuven (Belgium) and Université Angers (France).

Research domains: translation quality control, translation norms, translation didactics, translation ethics.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gergely J. Tamási

 

Gergely J. Tamási currently teaches presentation skills and academic writing at the International Business School, Budapest and is working on his PhD at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. His fields of interest include oral argumentation, psycholinguistics, and language assessment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gyula Tankó

 

Gyula Tankó  has a PhD in Discourse Analysis. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of English Applied Linguistics at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He teaches courses on academic skills, writing skills development and assessment, and written discourse analysis. His current fields of research are written discourse analysis, written argumentation, and the assessment of academic skills.   

 

 

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Dina Tsagari

 

Dina Tsagari holds a BA in English Language and Literature, University of Athens, and an MA in ELT and PhD from Lancaster University, UK. She has been involved in EFL teaching and teacher education in private and state school education in Greece since 1990. She has also been a tutor at the Hellenic Open University teaching the ‘Testing and Assessment in Language Learning’ course offered in the TESOL MA programme since 1999.

Dina has published a number of articles in ELT journals in Greece and abroad and has written postgraduate long distance learning materials for the testing course for the Hellenic Open University. She has been involved in a number of projects (in Europe and Hong Kong) in areas such as language testing of young learners, implementation of alternative methods of assessment and development of language proficiency tests for university graduate students. Her interests include washback effects of language tests, teacher education and exam-oriented textbook development and evaluation.  

 

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Alexandra Tsakogianni

 

Alexandra Tsakogianni obtained a BA in English Literature from the University of Athens and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from St. Michael’s College, Vermont, USA. She also holds the Diploma in Translation from the Institute of Linguists Education Trust, UK.

She’s been teaching English as a Foreign Language for more than 25 years. She has been a teacher, teacher trainer and translation instructor at the Hellenic American Union since 1981, and has also been involved in a number of projects of the Center for Applied Linguistics and Language Studies, specializing in Testing Development and Computer Assisted Language Learning.

Alexandra has attended international conferences and seminars in Greece and Poland. 

 

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Piet Van Avermaet

 

Piet Van Avermaet is director of the Centre for Diversity and Learning at the University of Ghent, Belgium. For many years he was the coordinator of the Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language (CNaVT). His expertise and research interests are: educational linguistics, multilingual and multicultural education, diversity and social inequality in education, sociolinguistics and language testing.

He is member of the ALTE Code of Practice and Quality Management Working group.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dorte Velling Pedersen

 

Teacher of Swedish and English in compulsory school for a number of years. Presently assistant researcher and test developer within the project for development of national tests and assessment materials for English at the University of Gothenburg. To some extent engaged in teacher training focusing on assessment, testing and grading. Involved in the Swedish section of the Assessment of English study, underlying the present poster presentation. My main research interest is the performance of low-achieving students; in the Assessment of English study those students who have not yet obtained a pass grade. Analyses have been conducted e.g. focussing on different skills and test formats.

 

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Norman Verhelst

 

Norman Verhelst has worked at the National Institute for Educational Measurement for 23 years as a senior researcher. His main field of interest is Item Response Theory, from a purely theoretical viewpoint as well as in applications, with a special interest in language testing. He is a member of the authoring group of the Manual to link examinations to the CEFR and since February 2008 he is the project director of the European Survey for Language Competences (the so-called language indicator).

 

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Karin Vogt

 

Karin Vogt is professor in the English department at the University of Karlsruhe / Germany and a fully trained teacher with several years of teaching experience at the same time. Her research interests, among others, include classroom-based testing and assessment and Vocationally-Oriented Language Learning (VOLL).

 

 

 

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Dianne Wall

 

Dianne Wall is a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University. She specialises in language testing and has conducted training courses and consultancies in many parts of the world, mainly related to national-level examinations development projects. She is co-author (with Charles Alderson and Caroline Clapham) of Language Test Construction and Evaluation and author of The Impact of High-Stakes Examinations on Classroom Teaching.  She has published a number of articles on language testing, washback, and English for Academic Purposes.  She is an Expert Member of the European Association of Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA). She is also director of the TOEFL Impact Study Project, funded by Educational Testing Service.

 

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David Watt

 

David Watt is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary and the graduate coordinator of the TESL area of specialization in the Graduate Division of Educational Research. His formative research background is in systemic linguistics where his studies focused on the instrumental analysis of intonation in discourse. His present research interests lie in the general area of language assessment and language teaching. He is a nationally certified language assessor for the Canadian Language Benchmarks and has conducted large scale longitudinal research to establish differentiated rates of language acquisition for adult immigrants in language instruction programs in Canada. He has been directly involved with several professions in benchmarking the professional language proficiency for practice. He has created assessment protocols for assessing the professional language proficiency of immigrant physicians as part of their licensure process and has co-designed a performance-based language program that accelerates the development of professional language proficiency for immigrant physicians. Most recently, Dr. Watt has undertaken research in conjunction with the Engineering profession to benchmark the threshold of professional language proficiency needed for licensure.

 

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Cyril J Weir

 

Cyril J Weir, Powdrill Chair in English Language Acquisition, University of Bedfordshire, Guest Professor Shanghai Jiao Tong University, PRC has a PhD in language testing, is the author of Communicative Language Testing and Understanding and Developing Language Tests and is the co-author of Examining Writing, Evaluation in ELT and Reading in a Second Language. In 2005 he published Language Testing and Validation: an evidence based approach.

He has taught short courses and carried out consultancies in language testing, evaluation and curriculum renewal in over fifty countries world-wide. Weir is on the steering group of the English Profile Project. In China Weir was the senior research consultant on the validation of the College English Test (CET), and on validation of the Test for English Majors (TEM) and links are maintained with the Chinese partner institutions in those major studies. In the last six years, he has held a Visiting Professorship at Shanghai Jiaotong University, PRC the institution responsible for the administration of the CET to over 12 million undergraduates per annum. He was the international representative on the research board of the LTTC state GEPT examinations in Taiwan and was the senior international consultant in language testing to the USAID Integrated English Language Project Egypt 1999-2004.

Weir is a member of the Editorial Board of Language Testing, Reading in a Foreign Language, and Language Assessment Quarterly. He is Series Editor for Studies in Language Testing CUP and a regular referee for Journal of Applied Linguistics, Journal of Reading in a Foreign Language, Language Assessment Quarterly and Language Testing.

Current interests include academic literacy and test validation.

 

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Taner Yapar

 

Taner Yapar was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1976. He came to Turkey in 1985 with his family. In 1998, he received his B.A. from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Department of English Translation and Interpretation. In 2003 he received his M.S. in educational sciences majoring in measurement and evaluation from Middle East Technical University, Ankara. He later started his PhD at Hacettepe University, Department of Educational Sciences, majoring in measurement and evaluation. He has completed his PhD courses and is about to start writing his thesis.

Taner Yapar worked at the English Preparatory School of Başkent University, Ankara between 1998 and 2005. There he undertook various responsibilities like teaching general English and ESP, and preparing tests and materials. He has been working as the Academic Coordinator of the foreign languages department at TOBB University of Economics, Ankara. He there has been acting as the responsible person for the curriculum and test development processes.

Apart from his family and 1 year old son among his interests are testing the four basic language skills, testing vocabulary and grammar, language testing for various purposes, performance assessment, reliability and validity of languages tests, item response theory and statistics.       

 

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