The theme of LTRC 2015 (the 37th LTRC) Toronto, Canada is From Language Testing to Language Assessment: Connecting Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.
Thirty-five years ago, in 1979, the first Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) was held at the TESOL Convention in Boston, which signified that language testing had started to form a distinct, yet interrelated sub-field within applied linguistics. The first LTRC emerged at a time “when John Oller’s research into the nature of language ability was redefining our view of language testing” and when Michael Canale and Merrill Swain (1980) were formulating their seminal work on teaching and testing communicative competence (Bachman & Palmer, A Short History of LTRC- ILTA).
The official international organization - the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) - was established in 1992 in Vancouver, Canada, more than a decade after the first LTRC. In the intervening years, we have seen an increasing number of journals focused on testing and assessment, including Language Testing, 1984; Assessing Writing, 1994; Language Assessment Quarterly, 2004, reflecting the growth of our field, and its movement away from a narrow focus on tests and testing to a broader focus on assessment. This shift in focus is in sync with the global trends in education to combine assessment of learning with assessment for learning. As elegantly stated by Caroline Clapham (2000, 147), “the relationship between language testing and the other sub-disciplines of applied linguistics” is indeed “the relationship between testing and assessment”.
We invite proposals on the theme of LTRC 2015 From Language Testing to Language Assessment: Connecting Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. Preference will be given to proposals that are clearly related to one or more of the areas listed below.
LTRC 2015 Presentation Categories
Proposals for LTRC 2015 are invited for presentations in the categories below. Please note that proposals that are not accepted as research papers may be considered as posters or works in progress. However, if a proposal is more suitable as a poster or a work in progress, it should be submitted as such. Proposals for research that is in progress should be submitted as works in progress. Proposals for presentations on test development projects should be submitted as posters.
This format is best suited to theoretically oriented work, or the presentation of completed research. Paper presentations are 15-20 minutes and are followed by 5-10 minutes for questions and comments from the audience. In the case of empirical studies, the proposal should include objectives of the study, study design and methods, results, conclusions and implications. In the case of conceptual research, the proposal should discuss an approach or a critical issue, or compare and contrast alternative approaches or issues, and provide significant new insights. The proposal must not exceed 500 words.
Symposia involve multiple presenters focusing on a single theme and are best suited for the discussion of research, theory, practice and associated issues. They should not be a series of independent presentations but should offer complementary or contrasting perspectives on an important topic or issue that can stimulate wider discussion and debate. Symposia will be of 100 minutes and may include up to three or four individual presenters, a moderator and an independent discussant. An organizer may also act as a participant or moderator. Evidence of careful planning for the implementation of the symposium (e.g., goals, timing, summaries of perspectives, etc.) should be included in the proposal. The proposal should include a 500-word summary of the topic, focusing on how the perspectives represented in the individual papers are complementary or distinct. In addition, abstracts of individual papers not exceeding 350 words each should be included.
Posters provide an opportunity primarily for the presentation of test development projects, new tests and technological innovations. Posters are displayed on a specific day. Presenters should be available to discuss their work and answer questions. The proposal must not exceed 500 words.
Work in Progress
These sessions provide an opportunity for the presentation of research in progress or research that is being planned. Presenters discuss their unfinished research or research plans with other participants and receive comments and suggestions on how best to proceed. The proposal must not exceed 500 words.
All proposals must be submitted via the LTRC website, www.ltrc2015.org, which is specifically set up for online submissions. No email, fax, or regular mail submissions will be accepted. Submissions can be made in English or French.
Content of Proposals
The website for online submissions will request the following information:
Criteria used to evaluate papers, posters and work in progress will be:
Criteria used to evaluate symposia will be:
Preference will be given to proposals that are clearly related to the overall theme of LTRC 2015. Authors will be notified by the end of November 2014.