2015 – 2016 Programme Archive

Term 3

Date Time Room Presenter Topic
3 May (Tuesday) 11:00-12:30 County South B89 Theresa Weiler Tests of lexicogrammar: using expert judgements to investigate their underlying construct
12 May 12:00-13:30 County South C89 Luke Harding Diagnostic language assessment: From theory to practice
19 May 15:00-16:30 County South B89 Sahar Alkhelaiwi Academic listening demands and difficulties related to cognitive listening processes
 9 June 15:00-16:30 County South C89 Michael Ratajczak Clearly understood? Comprehension of health-related information produced by the UK’s National Health Service
 14 July  15:00-16:30 Bowland North SR21 Karmen Pizorn (University of Ljubljana) English language proficiency of Year 2 learners in Slovenia

Term 2

Date Time Room Presenter Topic
14 January 15:00-16:30 County South C89 Tineke Brunfaut & Luke Harding “We’re going on a bear hunt”: Discovering resources in language testing
21 January 15:00-16:30 County South C89 Daniel Waller, Tania Horak & Elena Gandini (University of Central Lancashire) Developing evidence-based writing criteria
27 January (Wednesday) 12:00-13:00 County South C89 Anne Margaret Smith Identifying Specific Learning Differences (e.g. dyslexia) in a multilingual population (joint SLLAT-LTRG session)
4 February 15:00-16:30 County South C89 Luke Harding Listening to an unfamiliar accent – research plan discussion
10 February (Wednesday)
12:00-13:00 County South C89 Andrea Révész (Institute of Education) & Marije Michel Exploring cognitive writing processes, behaviours, and text quality: Combining eye-tracking, key-stroke logging and computer-based text analyses (joint SLLAT-LTRG session)
25 February 15:00-16:30 County South C89 Jamie Dunlea (British Council) Asking the big questions in Europe: Is it time to take the “E” out of the CEFR?
3 March 15:00-16:30 County South C89 Ricky Jeffrey & Dirk Moosmayer (University of Nottingham Ningbo) Using marketing concepts to consider assessment
10 March 12:30-13:30 County South B89 John Bandman Experimenting with integrated writing tasks to teach idiom usage: A task repetition study
17 March 15:00-16:30 County South C89 Tineke Brunfaut Investigating a new reading item type for the Aptis test

Term 1

Date Time Room Presenter Topic
8 Oct 15:00-16:30 County South C89 Charles Alderson Diagnosing grammar problems in SFL reading
15 Oct 15:00-16:30 County South C89 Pucheng Wang Investigating test-takers’ cognitive processes while completing the TBEM-8 reading-to-write task
26 Oct (Monday)  15:30-17:00 County South C89 Tess Fitzpatrick (Cardiff University) What can word association responses really tell us about a person’s mental lexicon?
12 Nov 15:00-16:30 County South C89 Various Dry-runs for LTF conference
26 Nov 15:00-16:30 County South C89 Anchana Rukthong Mock viva: Investigating the listening construct of listening-to-summarize tasks
3 Dec 15:00-16:30 County Main PC lab A44 Tineke Brunfaut ILTA bibliography
9 Dec 9:45-11:45 County South B89
Angela Garcia, Judith Fairbairn, Michael Maurer, Olena Rossi Presentations of MA in Language Testing dissertations on the following topics:

  • Aviation English test developers and raters’ views on the ICAO language proficiency requirements (Garcia)
  • How analytic raters adapt to holistic marking (Fairbairn)
  • A corpus-based study of linguistic features in blog-writing test performances (Maurer)
  • Using the IELTS analytic scale: rating procedures and their influence on rater judgements (Rossi)