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Call for Papers

With the support of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), Second Language Testing, Inc. (SLTI), Georgetown University, and The National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC), the East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT) will hold its ninth annual conference on October 29-30, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

Plenary Speaker James Purpura, Teachers College, Columbia University

Receipt Deadline: Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
Notification: July, 2010

We invite proposals from colleagues in academia and education, government, and for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. ECOLT encourages students, researchers, and teachers to present papers or posters on projects on innovations in language assessment.


PAPERS: (30 minutes)

This format is best suited for theory-oriented presentations, or the presentation of completed research. Presenters will have 20 minutes to discuss their paper, followed by 10 minutes for questions and comments from the audience.

POSTERS: (1 hour)

Poster sessions will provide an opportunity for the presentation of work in progress and research that is being planned, as well as for the presentation of test development projects, new tests, and technological innovations. Poster presenters will interact with interested participants at the location of the poster display for an hour.


  1. Contribution to the field
  2. Quality of the research/study
  3. Clarity of the abstract


Each submission should be on two pages.

Page One:

  1. Contact information:
    • Full name of principal presenter and full contact information (affiliation, postal address, telephone, fax, email) All return correspondence will be to this individual only.
    • Full names, affiliations, addresses, and email addresses of co-presenter(s) if any
  2. Type of presentation (Paper or Poster)
  3. Title of presentation
  4. AV equipment required: computers and projectors will be provided for all paper presentations. Display areas, tables, and poster boards (32x40 inch white boards with foam) will be provided for posters.
  5. Abstract: Abstracts should be between 200 and 300 words, single-spaced. Abstracts should be clearly written and concisely address the following:
    • Context of the issue(s) researched
    • Purpose of the study
    • Summary of the methodology or analytical procedures used
    • Results/conclusions
    • Implications/significance to the field of language testing

Page Two:

  1. Type of presentation (Paper or Poster)
  2. Title of presentation
  3. Abstract (duplicated from Page One)


The two-page submission should be sent as an email attachment to Tim Farnsworth at by June 1st, 2010. The filename should read: ECOLT10ABS_YOURLASTNAME.

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