Research Seminars and Conferences
CRELLA holds three research seminars a year with the aim of disseminating research and welcoming students into the language testing community. Our seminars are free to attend and regularly attract several hundred attendees.
Save the date! Our 2nd Annual Lecture will be held on Thursday the 25th of January, 2024 starting from 13.00 hours (GMT). This will be an online event.
Our guest speaker will be Talia Isaacs and there will be two other presentations from CRELLA staff and students.
You can reserve your place via the following link: CRELLA Annual Lecture
Download the programme details and abstracts [DOCX]
Programmes and presentation slides / recordings from past seminars available at CRELLA Research Seminars
CRELLA Spring Research Seminar 2021 took place on Wednesday 24th March 2021. The theme focused on assessment literacy.
CRELLA Winter Research Seminar 2020 took place on Wednesday 9 December 2020. The theme focused on raters, rating and the effects of time allowances.
CRELLA Summer Research Seminar 2020 took place on Wednesday 1 July 2020. There were talks on the role proficiency in second language writing processes and outcomes, developing computer-based speaking tasks to assess the mediation construct and a fresh look at interactive speaking tasks.
CRELLA Winter Research Seminar 2019 took place on Wednesday 4 December 2019. There were talks on the assessment of integrated skills, the implications of AI for language assessment, as well as presentations which reflected on the history of language assessment.
CRELLA Summer Research Seminar 2019 took place on Wednesday 10 July 2019. There were talks on various topics -- academic literacy, issues of 'topics' in speaking test, pragmatic competence, and standard setting using CEFR.
CRELLA Spring Research Seminar 2019 took place on Wednesday 27 March, 2019 in Room 107, Putteridge Bury.
The seminar included talks on assessing academic literacy, authenticity in listening tests, classroom language assessment in a university context, and developing empirically-based checklist and feedback materials for interactional competence.
(1) CRELLA hosted a very successful Language Testing Forum 2018, the annual conference of the UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment (UKALTA). The conference took place on 23-25 November, 2018 at Putteridge Bury, University of Bedfordshire. The theme of the conference was "Assessing Languages across General and Specific Contexts".
(2) CRELLA Summer Research Seminar 2018 'Connecting assessment to learning/wider contexts: What can assessment researchers offer?' took place on 11 July.
(3) CRELLA Spring Research Seminar 2018: 'Assessing English for Academic Purposes' took place on 14 March 2018.