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Language Testing Research Colloquium 2011

University of Michigan
June 23 - 25, 2011
Ann Arbor, MI

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Developments in Language Testing: Evolution of a Computerized Test of Oral Proficiency (poster session)
This poster describes the evolution of a computerized oral proficiency test in the context of growth within the language testing field towards varied approaches and technological innovations to facilitate testing of oral proficiency. It outlines the history of oral proficiency assessment with a particular focus on the development of different approaches for testing of speaking including semi-direct measures and tape- and computer-based deliveries. In examining the design of a computer-based test of oral proficiency, the poster highlights differences in test formats and consequent benefits and limitations for test stakeholders in contrast with other approaches. Research findings on examinee performance and attitudes towards computer-based oral proficiency testing are also presented.

Presenters: Margaret E. Malone, Francesca Di Silvio
1:15 – 2:55 pm
Rackham Lobby

The Essentials of Assessment Literacy in a Post-Messick World: Contrasts Between Testers and Users
This paper investigates efforts to elicit language testers’ beliefs about measurement basics and compare them to the related beliefs of language educators to gauge the latter’s level of language assessment literacy. Specifically, the paper investigates successful and unsuccessful ways that concepts of validity and reliability have been communicated to language educators and examines new ways to develop common understanding of such concepts in this audience.

Presenter: Margaret E. Malone
6:10 – 6:40 pm
Rackham Assembly Hall (4th floor)


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