Upcoming Webinar

ILTA proudly presents a panel discussion webinar

Exploring the future of online language testing and assessment: 
Technological opportunities and challenges

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
9:00-10:30 (EDT)

A fundamental shift in education is occurring around the world as teachers and students transition to online/remote/distance learning. Language teachers are not only learning to navigate online education but also how to assess language in an online environment. This trend from in-person to online language testing is not new but has been accelerated by recent events such as stay-at-home requests and test center closures. For example, students applying for university admission are requesting deadline extensions, causing concern for many stakeholders who rely on language test scores for making high-stakes decisions. Teachers in many educational contexts struggle with adapting in-person placement, diagnostic, and achievement tests to online delivery with a variety of tools, platforms, or technological expertise. This situation prompts an array of issues to consider, including the construct of language performance from ad hoc adaptations.

While webinars and newsletters elicit stories of how to adapt to the current situation, we also need to consider best practices in language testing (ILTA Guidelines for Practice) to meet an increasing demand for online language testing and assessment, both in response to the current situation as well as to accommodate the future demand for online language testing.

Paul Gruba, University of Melbourne, Australia
Recognising semiotic resources at the heart of online language assessment

Yan Jin, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Assessing interactional competence online: The case of the CET-SET

Jesús García Laborda, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
Technology and new item integration for the University Entrance Examinations Foreign Language paper

Jim Purpura and Mashhad Davoodifard, Teachers College, Columbia University USA
Converting to a Secure Administration of an Online English Language Placement Exam: Lessons Learned

Tony Green, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Going online: An opportunity to re-imagine the assessment of writing

Discussant: Carol A. Chapelle, Iowa State University, USA

This panel of invited language testing researchers will provide current views on fundamental issues related to the development and delivery of home-based, accessible high- and low-stakes language testing.

The ILTA Webinar Series is complimentary for members.
We are pleased to also offer complimentary registration for this first session of the Webinar Series to non-members.

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