LTRG is open to staff members, visiting researchers, PhD and MA students. Staff and students working away from campus can attend the seminars online. 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 Bowland North building, room C89.
However, for Term 3, because of the university’s remote operating model due to the Covid-19 outbreak, all sessions are online using Teams – keeping to the same day and time (unless otherwise indicated).

Term 3

Co-ordinators: John Pill, Myriam Iliovits

Date Time Room Presenter Topic
23 April 15.00-16.30 Online – Teams Keith Menary To what extent can teachers’ language assessment literacy help to understand the impact of learning-oriented assessment in language classrooms?
30 April 15:00-16:30 Online – Teams Olena Rossi Towards authenticity in testing listening: Can item writers be trained to produce authentic-sounding listening texts?
14 May 14:00-15:30 Online – Teams Mary Jane Abrahams (Alberto Hurtado University) & Salomé Villa Larenas (Alberto Hurtado University) Research fund proposal: The impact of the National English Diagnostic Test of Initial Teacher Education on the EFL teacher education programmes in Chile.
28 May 15:00-16:30 Online – Teams OPEN HOUSE for postgraduate research students at UK universities studying language testing and assessment related topics – an opportunity for sharing and networking
Click to sign up (by 26 May)
4 June 15:00-16:30 Online – Teams Spiros Papageorgiou (Educational Testing Service) Mapping test scores to proficiency levels and frameworks: Implications for score interpretation and use
11 June 14:00-15:30 Online – Teams Merve Demiralp (University of Bristol & Pearson) The C-test as a Second Language Proficiency Estimate and Screening Test in Turkish: An Argument-based Validation Study
18 June 15:00-16:30 Online – Teams Camilo Ramos Galvez Reviewing the literature: The diagnosis of reading in a second or foreign language
25 June 15:00-16:30 Online – Teams John Bandman Repeating integrated listening-to-write tasks: comparative statistical analyses of the effect on ESL students’ written performances


Term 2

Coordinators: Tineke Brunfaut, Santi Lestari

Date Time Room Presenter Topic
16 January 15:00-16:30 Bowland North C89 Olena Rossi ILTA bibliography
23 January 15:00-16:00 Charles Carter A18 Pascual Pérez-Paredes (Universidad de Murcia & RSLE University of Cambridge) Internal validity in learner corpus research (UCREL seminar)
5 February (Wedn) 15:00-16:30 Bowland North SR02 Meg Malone (AELRC & Georgetown University) Developing C-tests for research purposes: Cross-language development and innovations
13 February 11:00-12:00 Bowland North C89 Shungo Suzuki Textmapping
19 February (Wedn) 15:00-16:30 Bowland North C89 Salomé Villa Larenas Mock viva: An investigation of the language assessment literacy of teacher educators in Chile: Knowledge, practices, learning, beliefs, and context
27 February 15:00-16:30 Bowland North SR10 Danijela Trenkic (The University of York) Pursuing university education in a foreign language: how difficult could it be? (Joint LTRG-SLLAT session)
12 March 15:00-16:30 Bowland North SR89 John Bandman An investigation of the effects of task repetition and feedback on written performance on an integrated listening-to-write task by ESL university students

Term 1

Co-ordinators: Luke Harding, Olena Rossi, Salomé Villa Larenas

Date Time Room Presenter Topic
10 October 15.00-16.30 Bowland North C89 All Introductions and research updates (speed presentations)
17 October 15:00-16:30 Bowland North C89 Franz Holzknecht Mock viva: Double play in listening assessment
24 October 15:00-16:30 Bowland North C89 All Writing retreat
31 October 15:00-16:30 Bowland North C89 Santi Lestari Collecting expert judgements
7 November 15:00-16:30 Bowland North C89 John Pill Review and discussion of speaking scales
14 November 15:00-16:30 Bowland North C89 Tineke Brunfaut & Luke Harding Developing speaking tasks (I)
21 November 15:00-16:30 Bowland North C89 Tineke Brunfaut & Luke Harding Developing speaking tasks (II)
11 December 11:00-12:00 Management School Lecture Theatre 5 Kazuya Saito (UCL) How Does Having a Good Ear Promote Successful L2 Speech Acquisition?