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Gwendydd Cauldwell (UK)

Moving towards a framework of reference for spoken production of young learners aged 13-15

Nick Glasson (UK)

Nick Glasson

A conversation analytic study of interaction in an online, unmediated collaborative speaking task.

Jane Lloyd (UK)

Jane Lloyd

How standard setting panellists arrive at their judgements of Reading items when in remote settings.

I am carrying out a systematic study of the judgement processes of expert judges who take part in standard setting panels for English language proficiency reading exams. Ideally, the judgements should be informed by the underlying theory of reading comprehension the test is based on, and by the performance level descriptors (PLDs) the test is aligning to. I am investigating how panel judgements could be made more valid, based on a series of amendments to standard setting activities.

Nicholas Maxwell (UK)

Nicholas Maxwell

What are the rater characteristics that account for rater variation in assessing EAP writing?

Ian Newby (UK)

Reading-into-writing assessment in an EAP context

Mina Patel (UK)

Mina Patel

Establishing a function-specific language assessment literacy framework.

This mixed methods study aims to explore the language assessment literacy needs of multiple stakeholders within one organisation. The stakeholders of focus are those that work with language testing and assessment in different roles, for example marketing, business development and customer service and yet have no background or training in it. The aim of the project is to identify the features of an assessment development framework for these stakeholders. 

Margarida Pato (Portugal)

Margarida Pato

From concept to practice: A journey into the assessment of speaking in Portuguese classrooms

Alun Roger (UK)

Measuring the Effect of Rater Personality on Candidates` L2 Speaking Proficiency Scores

Muhammad Tanveer (Oman)
Muhammad Tanveer

Developing test tasks that elicit the construct of English language proficiency (ELP) for employability.

The study aims to provide a more valid and fair speaking test task to assist the call-centre industry in Oman in its recruitment process to select candidates who are equipped with better oral interactional competence for the role of a CSR as compared to the procedure/tasks currently being used in the industry.
The study is carrying out a detailed target language usage (TLU) domain analysis to investigate TLU tasks and associated speech functions required to play the role of a Customer Service Representative (CSR), which are expected to assist in defining the construct of ELP for employability in a call-centre context. The construct will be operationalised in a speaking test task to assess the required English language proficiency of potential CSR candidates during the recruitment process.

Regina A Davis (UK)

(MPhil)

A study of Fante native students’ perceptions of their learning of academic writing at the Methodist University College, Ghana. (MUCG)

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