BAAL TEASIG Conference: The Open University, Milton Keynes - Friday, 27 March 2020

The importance of language assessment literacy was put forward by Davies in his 2008 seminal article but assessment literacy is still largely under-represented in research output. Yet as we move through the C21st, advances in new technology are reshaping language assessment requirements, possibilities and opportunities. 

It is time to consider some important questions such as how educational digitalisation has influenced the construct and nature of language assessment. What do and will teachers, students and stakeholders know and need to know about ‘new’ assessment in a digital age? What would be the best ways to communicate research outcomes and the rationales behind the design of future digital language assessments? Is it possible that test takers may be more assessment literate in a digital future than their teachers? Can the test designers keep up with the digital linguistic skills of the test takers themselves? What might the implications be for the digital assessment literacy of test providers? 

The BAAL TEASIG conference aims to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to share their research outcomes on the topic and discuss good practices to promote assessment literacy in a digital age. 

We invite proposals for this event related to the main theme and covering one or more of the sub-themes below. These sub-themes are intended to capture major areas of interest but are not intended as an exhaustive list. Proposals on other aspects of the main theme of language assessment literacy in a digital age are also welcome.

  • impact of digitalisation on language test constructs

  • distance-learning and assessment

  • new technologies in language assessment

  • assessing young learners in a digital age

  • technology use in language test validation 

  • consequences/washback of technology use in language assessment

  • automated scoring and feedback

  • malpractice detection using technology

  • promoting language assessment literacy using technology

  • understanding the digital skills and needs of future test-takers

INVITED SPEAKERS

We have two invited speakers this year. Professor Denise Whitelock from The Open University, UK will give a talk titled 'Tools and Trends for Assessment in the Digital Age', and Dr Benjamin Kremmel from University of Innsbruck, Austria will give a talk titled 'Language Assessment Literacy 2.0: Challenges and opportunities'. There will also be five other presentations across the day. The full programme will be published shortly.

**MASTERS/PhD STUDENTS -  Would you like to tell your colleagues about your work in progress?

BAAL TEASIG wishes to encourage students to attend and participate in the conference. We are offering Masters and PhD students the opportunity to give a short 3-minute summary of their work in progress in our new 'Work in progress' slot at the conference. More details here.

**BAAL TEASIG 2020 will be a paperless conference. More details to follow.**

 

If you have any questions, please contact baalteasig@gmail.com.

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