LTE 2019

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LTF is the annual conference of the UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment (UKALTA). LTF 2019 was hosted by the Department of Applied Linguistics and English Language Training Services (ELTS) at Swansea University. The principal theme of LTF 2019 was Connecting research, policy and practice in language assessment with three related sub-themes:

  • Assessing UK languages other than English
  • Research-informed assessment practice and practice-informed assessment research
  • Impact of language assessment on educational and societal contexts

The conference was formally opened on the Friday evening with the Cyril J. Weir lecture, with keynote speaker Dr Emyr Davies speaking on the topic: Golwg ar Asesu’r Gymraeg / Perspectives on the Assessment of Welsh

Cyril J. Weir Lecture

Emyr Davies yw’r Swyddog Arholiadau Cymraeg i Oedolion yn CBAC.  Mae’n gyfrifol am gyfres o brofion iaith (A1-B2), ac yn cynrychioli’r Gymraeg yn ALTE (Cymdeithas i Brofwyr Ieithoedd yn Ewrop).  Ar ôl graddio yn y Gymraeg ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth, bu’n gweithio fel darlithydd yng Ngholeg y Drindod, Caerfyrddin, cyn ei benodi gan CBAC yn 2001. 

Emyr Davies is the Welsh for Adults Examinations Officer at WJEC-CBAC.  He is responsible for a suite of language tests (A1-B2), and represents Welsh in ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe).  After graduating in Welsh at Aberystwyth University, he worked as lecturer in Welsh at Trinity College, Carmarthen, before his appointment to WJEC-CBAC in 2001.

Emyr Davies
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: Friday 22 November – Location: Taliesin Create
10.15 Workshop Registration, Tea/Coffee
10.30 Creating and interrogating corpora:  A roadmap for researchers Dawn Knight
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Exploring the National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh (CorCenCC): user-driven corpus design for under-resourced languages Dawn Knight, Steve Morris
15.00 Tea break
15.30 Using corpora to inform CEFR-linked assessment practices: An EAP practitioner perspective Lucy Davies
17.00 Workshop close
CONFERENCE DAY ONE Friday 22 November Location: Taliesin Create & Faraday
17.00 Conference Registration opens
17.30 Drinks reception
18.30 Conference opening (1)
18.40 The 2019 Cyril J. Weir Lecture – “Golwg ar Asesu’r Gymraeg | Perspectives on the Assessment of Welsh” Emyr Davies
19.30-21.00 Informal buffet dinner
CONFERENCE DAY TWO Saturday 23 November Location: Fulton House rooms B and C (Conference dinner at Morgans Hotel, Swansea city centre)
8.30 Conference Registration, Tea/coffee
8.50 15-minute Welsh language taster lesson
9.20 Conference opening (2)
09.35 6 x 1-minute poster introductions names tbc
09.45 A Knowledge-based Vocabulary List (KVL): A List for Testing and Pedagogy  Schmitt, O’Sullivan, Anthony, Dunn, Kremmel
10.15 Researching Lexical Profiles (LP) in learner written English Owen, Shrestha
10.45 Coffee/tea break and Poster Session
11.15 8 x 1-minute poster introductions names tbc
11.30 Asesu’r Gymraeg ar hyd continwwm: Heriau a goblygiadau ar gyfer y cwricwlwm newydd | Assessing Welsh along a continuum: Challenges and implications for the new curriculum Lovell
12.00 Understanding plurilingual students’ home and community language learning in school in Wales Arfon
12.30 Photo, Lunch and Poster Session
14.00 8 x 1-minute poster introductions names tbc
14.15 Language assessment literacy development in a Haitian professional learning community (PLC) Baker
14.45 Examining EFL Teachers’ assessment skills and practices among educational sectors in Mexico De La Garza Cano
15.15 Performance-based decision trees vs traditional marking criteria: an exploratory study Gandini, Horák
15.45 Coffee/tea break and Poster Session
16.15 EFL test-takers’ audience awareness in an Email writing task  Chen
16.45 The impact of test preparation and repeated test taking on the predictive validity of IELTS as a standardised measure of English proficiency Hu, Trenkic
17.15-18.00 UKALTA AGM
19.30 Conference dinner
CONFERENCE DAY THREE Sunday 24 November Location: Fulton House rooms B and C
8.50 Tea/coffee
09.00 Developing computer-based speaking tasks to assess the ‘mediation’ construct Xu, Pinnington
09.30 Enabling interaction: A study of examiner behaviour in an interactive speaking test Harris
10.00 Building a Spoken Counterpart to the Cambridge Learner Corpus Brenchley
10.30 Coffee/tea break and Poster Session
11.00 Darogan Hygyrchedd Eitemau wrth Asesu’r Gymraeg | Predicting Item Difficulty in the Assessment of Welsh  Davies, Maziarz, Halton, Evans
11.30 Applying ‘limits of agreement’ to validation of automated scoring of language performance  Jones, Xu
12.00 Reflections and future directions Clark, Kahabbazbashi
12.20 Student presentation award; Poster prize; Conference close
12.30 Take-away lunch
Confirmed Poster Presentations
An exploratory study of the factors influencing the feedback experience of the international students in the UK Althowibi
What are EAP raters looking for in a written task? Davies
The validity of using grammar checking tools in writing coursework assignments Duke
Do we know what they do? Do we know what they need? Griffiths
Classroom-based Formative Assessment to Monitor Students’ Progress in Academic Writing and Reading Skills Haghi
Automated writing evaluation for diagnostic assessment of Chinese EFL writing Liu, Xu, Yu
Chinese EFL students’ perception of the IELTS test design and the value of taking a preparation course Liu
IELTS Test for Students Transition to EMI in Higher Education from Students’ Perspective Ma
Validation of a computerised picture-based receptive vocabulary test Mills
Ymagweddau at greu rhestri geiriau, heb gorpws, ar gyfer asesu ac addysgu | Non-corpus approaches to creating wordlists for assessment and teaching Morris, Fitzpatrick, Meara
Some Practical Consequences of Quality Issues in Arabic CEFR Translations Norrbom, Zuboy
Investigating the validity of a productive vocabulary test: G_Lex Rahman, Fitzpatrick
Developing speaking tasks to assess English for Employability in the Corporate Sector Tanveer

Pre-Conference Workshop (English)

CORPUS LINGUISTICS FOR RESEARCHERS AND PRACTITIONERS

This LTF workshop will be of interest to those wishing to use corpus techniques effectively and efficiently for research and practitioner purposes. Participants will have the opportunity to explore English language and Welsh language corpora, to consider the wide range of applications of corpus research, and to develop skills for identifying and using corpora for specific purposes.

WORKSHOP SESSION 1, 10.30-12.30:

“Creating and interrogating corpora:  A roadmap for researchers”  

Dawn Knight, Reader in Applied Linguistics, Cardiff University

This session will demonstrate how corpus tools can be used to maximum effect in addressing specific research questions. Tools for building bespoke corpora will be explored, and a principled framework for the selection and use of existing corpora will be provided.

WORKSHOP SESSION 2, 13.30-15.00: 

 “Exploring the National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh (CorCenCC): user-driven corpus design for under-resourced languages” 

Dawn Knight, Reader in Applied Linguistics, Cardiff University 

Steve Morris, Associate Professor in Welsh and Applied Linguistics, Swansea University. 

This workshop session will demonstrate how community and end-user participation can be incorporated into corpus design, and will explore the relationship between corpus linguistics and language policy. Participants will have the opportunity to trial and review a newly-released corpus interface.

WORKSHOP SESSION 3, 15.30-17.00:

 “Using corpora to inform CEFR-linked assessment practices: An EAP practitioner perspective”

Lucy Davies, Assessment Coordinator and Trainer, English Language Training Services (ELTS), Swansea University.

This workshop session will demonstrate how a publicly available learner corpus, tagged for CEFR* level, can be used to support the assessment of learners’ language output (*Common European Framework of Reference).

Gweithdy cyn cynhadledd (Gymraeg)

IEITHYDDIAETH CORPWS I YMCHWILWYR AC YMARFERWYR

Bydd y gweithdy hwn o ddiddordeb i’r rhai sydd am ddefnyddio technegau corpws yn effeithiol ac yn effeithlon at ddibenion ymchwil ac arfer. Caiff cyfranogwyr y cyfle i archwilio corpora iaith Saesneg ac iaith Gymraeg, ystyried yr ystod eang o bosibiliadau defnyddio ymchwil corpws, ac i ddatblygu sgiliau i ganfod a defnyddio corpora at ddibenion penodol.

GWEITHDY SESIWN 1, 10.30-12.30:

“Creating and interrogating corpora: A roadmap for researchers”

Dawn Knight, Darllenydd mewn Ieithyddiaeth Gymhwysol, Prifysgol Caerdydd

Nod y sesiwn hon fydd dangos sut orau y gellir defnyddio offer corpws yn effeithiol wrth fynd i’r afael â chwestiynau ymchwil penodol. Archwilir offer ar gyfer adeiladu corpora at anghenion unigol a darperir fframwaith egwyddorol ar gyfer dethol a defnyddio corpora presennol.

GWEITHDY SESIWN 2, 13.30-15.00:

“Exploring the National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh (CorCenCC): user-driven corpus design for under-resourced languages”

Dawn Knight, Darllenydd mewn Ieithyddiaeth Gymhwysol, Prifysgol Caerdydd

Steve Morris, Athro Cysylltiol yn y Gymraeg ac Ieithyddiaeth Gymhwysol, Prifysgol Abertawe

Nod y sesiwn hon fydd dangos sut y gellir ymgorffori cyfranogiad y gymuned a’r defnyddwyr yng nghynllun y corpws, ac archwilio’r berthynas rhwng ieithyddiaeth corpws a pholisi iaith. Caiff cyfranogwyr y cyfle i dreialu ac adolygu rhyngwyneb corpws sydd newydd ei ryddhau.

GWEITHDY SESIWN 3, 15.30-17.00:

“Using corpora to inform CEFR-linked assessment practices: An EAP practitioner perspective”

Lucy Davies, Cydlynydd a Hyfforddwraig Asesu, Gwasanaethau Hyfforddiant Iaith Saesneg (ELTS), Prifysgol Abertawe.

Nod y sesiwn hon fydd dangos sut y gellir defnyddio corpws i ddysgwyr, sydd ar gael i’r cyhoedd ac sydd wedi’i gysylltu â lefelau CEFR*, i gefnogi asesu allbwn ieithyddol dysgwyr (*Fframwaith Cyfeirio Cyffredin Ewrop).