LTRG is open to staff members, visiting researchers, PhD and MA students. Staff and students working away from campus can attend the seminars on-line. Please contact Tineke Brunfaut (t.brunfaut ‘at’, Luke Harding (l.harding ‘at’ or John Pill (j.pill ‘at’ for details.

LTRG usually meets on Thursdays, from 15:00 to 16:30, in the County South building, room D72 (unless otherwise indicated).

Term 3

Date Time Room Presenter Topic
3 May 15:00-16:30 County South D72  Theresa Weiler Investigating the construct tested through four item types used to assess lexicogrammatical competence in English as a foreign language
10 May 15:00-16:30 County South D72 Susana Correia (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal) Construction and validation of a placement test for Portuguese as a Foreign Language
17 May 16:00-17:30 County South D72 Tineke Brunfaut & Luke Harding EALTA conference dry-runs:
1. Paper-based versus computer-based writing assessment: Investigating equivalence on integrated and independent tasks
2. DIALANG 2.0: Charting a course for revision and expansion of an online diagnostic testing system
3. Computer-based testing of integrated skills: the role of young learners’ working memory and task motivation
24 May EALTA conference, Bochum, Germany
31 May 15:00-17:00 County South D72  All LTRG writing retreat
7 June 15:00-16:30 County South D72 Bahar Aksu Foreign accent perception: Measures and challenges
14 June 15:00-16:30 County South D72 Myriam Iliovits International vs. local tests of English language for university admissions
21 June 15:00-16:30 County South D72 Karmen Pižorn
(University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
An investigation of young EFL learners’ writing scripts
28 June 15:00-16:30 County South D72 Salomé Villa Larenas Towards change in language assessment literacy development: designing an instrument to assess the LAL of EFL teacher educators

Term 2

Date Time Room Presenter Topic
8 Feb 15:00-16:00 County South D72 All Introduction session for new members & sharing research plans/projects
15 Feb 15:00-16:30 County South D72 All LTRG writing retreat
1 March 15:00-16:30 County South D72 Oksana Afitska Learning science through the medium of English language: Addressing linguistic and non-linguistic challenges of EAL learners in primary classrooms
22 March 15:00-16:30 County South D72 John Pill Language tests to enter the workplace: Perspectives from stakeholders

Term 1

Date Time Room Presenter Topic
12 Oct 15:00-16:30 County South D72 Ying Xu (South China University of Technology, China) A longitudinal investigation of students’ perceptions and use of automated writing evaluation (AWE) feedback in L2 formative writing assessment: The case of Pigai
19 Oct 14:00-16:30 County South D72 (1) Talia Isaacs (University College London, IoE)

(2) John Read (The University of Auckland, NZ)

(1) Contemporary debates in language testing: Standards, the native speaker, and the role of our professional association

(2) A fresh look at assessing depth of vocabulary knowledge

2 Nov 16:00-17:30 Cavendish Colloquium John Pill Score-users’ perspectives on testing occupation-related language skills
Wedn 8 Nov 12:00-13:00 FASS A010 MR3 Ana Pellicer-Sanchez (University College London, IoE) Examining learners’ eye movements during reading in different input modalities (joint LTRG-SLLAT session)
16 Nov 15:00-16:30 County South D72 Ari Huhta (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) Diagnosing writing and its development in English as a foreign language
24-26 Nov University of Huddersfield Language Testing Forum 2017 (
30 Nov 13:00-17:00 County South D72 all LTRG members Writing retreat
7 Dec 15:00-16:30 County South D72 Tineke Brunfaut ILTA bibliography (please bring your own laptop)
Tue 12 Dec 16:00-17:00 Bowland North SR10 Tim McNamara (The University of Melbourne, Australia) Values, politics, and language assessment: the challenge of English as a Lingua Franca
Wedn 13 Dec 10:00-11:30 FASS A010 MR3 MA in Language Testing dissertation talks:

  • Task representations of classroom-based writing assignments (Monique Yoder)
  • Types of reading in an A2 level test of English as a second language (Marianne Pickles)
  • Effects of situational cues in writing task prompts on writing behaviour and attitudes (Matthias Zehentner)
  • Development and Evaluation of Two Vocabulary Tests for Adult Learners of Swiss German Sign Language (Tobias Haug)