BAAL TEASIG Conference: ONLINE - Friday, 25 September 2020
CONFERENCE THEME: Language assessment literacy in a digital age.
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
14:15 Online sign-in opens
14:30 Webinar welcome and introductions
- Dr Veronika Timpe-Laughlin: Overview of the methodological developments is assessing L2 pragmatics
#3 minutes students and researchers give presentations and discuss research questions
# Shishi Zhang (University College London): Assessment of L2 pragmatic competence using video-conferencing
# Małgorzata Turska: Relating pragmatic features of professional spoken English to level descriptors of the CEFR
# Ananda Muhammad (Iowa State University): The construct of pragmatic competence in a university setting as
evidenced by a domain analysis
Wider audience discussion of issues relating to pragmatics and language assessment