LTF 2020

2020 is the 40th anniversary year for LTF! 

LTF 2020 will be an online event on Friday 27th November. This will mark the start of a year of 40th anniversary celebrations, culminating with LTF 2021 in Lancaster. 

The event will be a little different from previous years, as it will mainly comprise invited speakers and last for just one afternoon. There is however the opportunity for postgraduate students and recent graduates to present their work to the language testing community in an innovative format (note: the call for PGR presentations is now closed).

You can register for the event via Eventbrite until lunchtime on 26th November. 

In the meantime, please add the date to your diary. Below is an outline programme for the event. Note that the UKALTA AGM will be held separately to the main LTF conference this year. 

LTF 2020 provisional programme






Welcome and opening remarks 

Lynda Taylor (UKALTA President)


Invited plenary talk:

The picture for languages in the UK in 2020: the view from UCML (University Council of Modern Languages)

with guest speakers:

Professor Claire Gorrara, Dean of Research Environment and Culture and Professor of French (Cardiff University), and Chair of the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML)

Dr James Illingworth, Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in French (University of Leicester and De Montfort University) and Project Coordinator at UCML


Panel discussion

with representatives from our ‘sister’ associations in the field:

  • Judith Mader (chair) – IATEFL TEASIG
  • Sathena Chan – BAAL TEASIG
  • Fiona Orel – BALEAP TAFSIG
  • Benjamin Kremmel – UKALTA

The panel will discuss some of the issues our associations face as a result of the global pandemic and explore where we might go from here.


Refreshment break

to include a photo-montage of LTF over the decades and messages from our sponsoring organisations


Postgraduate presentations

3-minute, 3-slide presentations of research from Masters and PhD students (including recently completed PhDs) 


‘In conversation with…

A series of short video interviews conducted recently with senior figures from our field as they reflect on 4 decades of LTA in the UK, including the role of LTF 1980-2020.

  • Professor Liz Hamp-Lyons (1980s)
  • Dr Nick Saville (1990s)
  • Professor Tony Green (2000s)
  • Professor Tineke Brunfaut (2010s)


Social interaction

to include “language testing across the years” quiz… Watch this space! 


Final remarks and close