Research Seminars and Conferences

Highlights

Group of people outside Putteridge Bury

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.

The programme for our Spring Research Seminar on Weds 24th March at 14.00 GMT is as follows:

14.00

Welcome

14.05

Professor Sara Cushing, Georgia State University – Using the arts to promote assessment literacy

14.45

Comfort break

15.00

Mina Patel, British Council / CRELLA - Towards establishing a function-specific language assessment framework for professional development

15.40

Dr Daniel Lam, CRELLA - Test score use in university admissions: Issues around and beyond assessment literacy

16.20

Round up and close by 16.30


View the abstracts for the seminar [PDF] and book your place via CRELLA Spring Seminar

The last seminar was CRELLA's Online Winter Research Seminar 2020 held on Wednesday 9th December 2020 at 9.30 (GMT).

The theme for this seminar was rating scales, raters and time conditions and we were delighted to welcome

  • Prof Ute Knoch (University of Melbourne): Re-visiting rating scale development – modelling construct choices made by scale developers

We also had presentations from the CRELLA team

  • Dr Emma Bruce: The impact of time allowances in EAP writing assessment
  • Alun Roger: Whose performance is it now? How rater personality impacts L2 speaking tests scores

View the presentations from our Winter Seminar


Programmes and presentation slides / recordings from past seminars available at CRELLA Research Seminars


CRELLA Winter Research Seminar 2020 took place on Wednesday 9 December 2020. The theme focused on raters, rating and the effects of time allowances.

More details and links to the presentations

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.

More details and links to the presentations


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.

View the seminar programme and presentation slides

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.

View the seminar programme and presentation slides


(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".

Go to UKALTA.ORG for the conference programme and presentation slides

(2) CRELLA Summer Research Seminar 2018 'Connecting assessment to learning/wider contexts: What can assessment researchers offer?' took place on 11 July.

View the seminar programme and presentation slides

(3) CRELLA Spring Research Seminar 2018: 'Assessing English for Academic Purposes' took place on 14 March 2018.

View the seminar programme and presentation slides

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Professor Tony Green
Director of CRELLA
University of Bedfordshire
Putteridge Bury
Hitchin Road
Luton, Bedfordshire
UK, LU2 8LE

tony.green@beds.ac.uk

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