14th European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) conference invites participants to critically reflect and review language assessment and testing practices for immigration, integration and mobility purposes. We encourage views from multiple perspectives and cross-disciplinary papers which may combine language testing and assessment with insights from other fields relevant to this theme. While the conference will be held in English, the working language of EALTA, we particularly encourage contributions which are focused on languages other than English. We particularly encourage proposals on, but not limited to, the following areas related to the conference theme:
- Language (assessment) policies and practices in the context of immigration, integration and mobility;
- The impact and social consequences of using language testing and assessment in these contexts;
- Ethical aspects of using language assessment for immigration, integration and mobility;
- Use of assessment to support language acquisition and / or integration;
- Interactions with and involvement of direct / indirect stakeholders;
- Use and interpretation of assessment results;
- Specific issues on designing, constructing, validating and conducting assessment for the purpose of immigration, integration and mobility (e.g. defining specific constructs, adapting test/task specifications, adaptation of modalities offered to take the test/assessment, needs analyses with regard to the CEFR levels that should be targeted, procedures of test validation, etc.).
We invite poster, work-in-progress, papers and symposia.
European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) would like to encourage as many people as possible to submit proposals, but every year we receive far more than can be included in the program. However, we would like to offer the following guidance to help you make your proposal as effective as possible and to give yourself the best chance of success.
Proposals can only be submitted via the online system.
deadline is the 27th November 23 hours CET.
I. We will consider proposals for papers (20 minutes presentation time), work-in-progress (15 minutes presentation time) and posters adhering to the conference theme, and in a separate strand we will consider proposals which make a significant contribution on language testing and assessment research not related directly to the theme. The abstract must:
1) contain a clear explanation of how the paper relates to the conference theme, or if it is not related to the theme, why it is of significance to the field
2) keep to stipulated maximum word counts for title and abstract (250 words max.)
3) be well-structured
4) clearly outline: the objectives of the paper, for empirical papers: its methods (design, participants, instruments, procedures), for theoretical papers: its theoretical framework or literature upon which it is based, the contribution it makes to the field of Language Testing and Assessment, the novelty it may offer in terms of concepts, approaches or methods
5) be likely to promote discussion and interaction amongst conference participants.
II. We will consider proposals for symposia adhering to the conference theme (90 minutes). The proposal for symposia must:
1) contain a clear rationale for the symposium (500 words max.) which is well-structured outlines the objectives of the symposium explains how the papers within the symposium relate to each other and contribute to the symposium goals contain a separate abstract for each contribution which outlines its relation to the conference theme and contribution to the symposium is well-structured
2) keep to the stipulated word count for title and abstract (250 words max.), clearly outlines the objectives, its methods or its theoretical framework, and the novelty it may offer in terms of concepts, approaches or methods
3) be likely to promote discussion and interaction amongst conference participants.
The rationale and the abstracts for the contributions are to be submitted in one document.
III. Each proposal is rated by three independent vetters.
We want to ensure an anonymous and impartial vetting procedure. Therefore, we will collect your contact details and the abstract separately. The data containing your name, affiliation etc. go to the conference administrators. They will use IDs to match your personal details with your abstract. You will submit your abstract in a separate file, which goes to the three vetters.
NB. To ensure anonymity, you are required to avoid any information in your title and abstract that may lead to identifying you or your institution as the author or origin of the proposal.