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BAAL TEASIG in-person conference: Cardiff, Friday 23rd June 2023

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The 2023 conference theme was ‘Defining, implementing and enhancing EDI in language assessment’.

Language assessment plays a significant role in society, such as education, immigration and employment, impacting the lives of individuals. It is therefore important to examine how language assessment practices can be made more equitable, diverse, and inclusive.

This conference focused on exploring the ways in which we can promote EDI in language assessment and discussing the benefits and implications of recent EDI initiatives in research and practice as well as the challenges faced in such efforts.
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We are pleased to announce that recordings of the conference talks are currently being edited and will be available in the week starting November 20th
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We extend a huge thank you to our sponsors, without whom this conference would not be possible!
Cardiff University and the Centre for Language and Communication Research generously offered the conference resources of historic Main Building, in the heart of Cardiff.

We are also grateful to the
British Council and Cambridge for their sponsorship and to Text Inspector for offering all conference participants a free three-month voucher for Text Inspector.
Conference programme
 Invited speakers 
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Dr Michelle Aldrige-Waddon (Cardiff University, UK)

Dr Mark Griffiths (Trinity College London/Cardiff University, UK)

An overview of EDI in the academic context

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Dr Chihiro Inoue (CRELLA, University of Bedfordhire, UK)

A multiple case study on the effects of time extension in an online English test for dyslexic test takers

 Paper presentations 

Richard Spiby & Johanna Motteram (British Council)

Evaluating an accommodations policy for English proficiency testing in Singapore

Amy Devine & Carla Pastorino (Cambridge University Press & Assessment, UK)

Investigating the use of Global Englishes for Listening assessment

Lynda Taylor (University of Bedfordhsire, UK)

Reframing test accommodations in language assessment to advance equity and social justice

Anna Ziomek (Reading University, UK)

EDI in English for Academic Purposes Summative Assessment

Ricky Jeffrey (University of Nottingham Ninbo China)

Chinese test-takers of IELTS amidst growing Sino-western political tensions: A thorny EDI problem?

Yuanyue Hao (University of Oxford, UK)

Examining algorithmic (in)equity in automated L2 prosody assessment: Evidence from a systematic review

 Poster presentations 

Louise Gilbert (Cambridge University Press & Assessment)

The challenges and opportunities of implementing EDI in language assessment

Nadia Refat (TLC College, Wolverhampton)
Gurpinder Lalli, Mohammad Patwary (University of Wolverhampton)

A systemic and sustained commitment to change the implementation of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in language assessment

Shishi Zhang (University College London)

Assessing second language pragmatic competence for intercultural communication in the academic domain: Initial needs analysis from pre-sessional documents and EAP practitioners

Yena Park, Jacqueline Church, Andrew Runge, Alina von Davier (Duolingo)

Developing accessible and fair language assessment through digital-first language assessment systems 

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