BAAL TEASIG Conference

Warwick 2011

"Innovative approaches to language testing research"

A one-day conference held at Warwick University on Friday, 18 November 2011.

Invited speakers

Brechtje Post (University of Cambridge)

Using acoustic analysis software to analyse L2 pronunciation features


Putri Afzan Maria Zulkifli and Peter C-H Cheng (University of Sussex)

Exploring pause analysis and sentence copying to measure language competence: an application of Graphical Protocol Analysis

Suhad Sonbul (University of Nottingham)

How can an innovative priming technique inform vocabulary research?

Karen Dunn (University of Lancaster)

Explaining item difficulty with random item IRT models: an example using vocabulary test data 

Jeanine Treffers-Daller (University of Reading) and Tomasz Korybski (University of the West of England)

Measuring language dominance in bilinguals with CLAN

Poster presentations

Garrett Byrne (University of Bristol)

Korean and Spanish test-taker attitudes toward task planning time in the TOEFL iBT speaking component

Theodosia Demetriou (University of the West of England)

Predicting IELTS scores using measures of lexical richness

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


16:00 Close