Standardized Language Testing in Teaching and Research

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, December 2-4, 2010
Call for papers

The Language Center of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) and the Department of Language, Text and Translation Studies are pleased to announce an international conference entitled “Standardized Language Testing in Teaching and Research”. The conference aims to provide scholars, teachers and students specializing in language assessment an open forum for discussing current research issues from the field of language testing.

The main focus of the conference will be on:

  • teaching methodologies
  • new technologies
  • standardization of language levels
  • evaluation and assessment
  • the test-taker

Papers are invited on, but not restricted to, the following topic areas:

  • Evaluation vs assessment in Language testing
  • Models of communicative language ability and L2 assessment
  • Levels, domains, frameworks and language testing
  • Technology in language assessment: developing online test tasks for LSPs
  • Task and performance based language assessment
  • Assessing/testing the language of primary school teachers
  • Research and language testing/assessment
  • Language policy/ies and the setting of language standards
  • Socio-cognitive and socio-pragmatic factors in Language testing
  • Item writing and test production
  • Codes of practice and language testing as a profession

The following keynote speakers and round-table moderators have confirmed their participation:

  • Alan Davies (University of Edinburgh)*
  • Gianfranco Porcelli (Università Cattolica di Milano)
  • James Purpura (Columbia University)
  • Johann Fischer (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

* Unfortunately professor Alan Davies has had to cancel his lecture at the last minute.