UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment

Language Testing Forum 2023

This year’s conference will shine a spotlight on the growing recognition of the importance of understanding multilingual contexts. The main theme of the conference is multilingualism and the impact on language assessment theory, practice and policy, with the following sub-themes:

The conference will open on the evening of Friday 24 November with the Cyril J. Weir lecture, with keynote speaker Professor Monika Schmid, from the University of York. The topic of Professor Schmid’s talk is to be confirmed soon.

Monika S. Schmid is Head of Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York, UK. She obtained her PhD in English Linguistics in 2000 from the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf. The topic of her thesis was First Language Attrition, Use and Maintenance: the case of German Jews in Anglophone Countries. She has since held positions at VU University Amsterdam (Netherlands), the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and the University of Essex (UK).

Her work has focused on various aspects of first and second language attrition. She has published two monographs and edited several collected volumes and special issues of journals on this topic, most recently the Oxford Handbook of Language Attrition (2019), alongside over 50 research articles. She has received funding from a range of sources, including the German Research Council (DFG), the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) and the UK Economics and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC) for her work.

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Practical Information

The LTF 2023 conference is being hosted this year by the British Council’s Assessment Research Group (ARG)

Conference Date and Location

The conference this year will convene as an in-person event on 24 November at the British Council, 1 Redman Place, Stratford, London E20 1JQ. Sessions will continue on through Saturday and Sunday (25-26 November).

LTF 2023 speakers and attendees are strongly advised to book accommodation in Stratford, London, well in advance as prices tend to increase sharply, particularly if there is a sporting event over the same period of time.

So that conference attendees can plan their travel in good time, please see the broad schedule for the conference below. Note that the detailed schedule is subject to confirmation.

Friday, 24 November
14:00  UKALTA Executive Committee Meeting
17:00  Arrival and registration
17:45  Welcome and introductions
18:00  Cyril Weir Lecture – Prof Monika Schmid, University of York
19:30 Networking drinks reception

Saturday, 25 November
08:00  Arrival and registration
09:00 – 18:00
Conference paper presentations, including a slot for poster presentations
18:00  UKALTA Annual General Meeting
19:30  Conference dinner

Sunday, 26 November
09:00  Conference paper presentations
13:30  Awards and farewell

Other key dates

Call for Papers opens: 15 May 2023
Submission deadline: 28 July 2023
Notification of acceptance: 11 September 2023
Speaker confirmation deadline: 18 September 2023

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The British Council office is located in Stratford, London. For detailed information about accommodation possibilities, please see the Accommodation in Stratford: (accommodation). We strongly advise that you book your accommodation well in advance as hotel costs in the area tend to go up quickly.

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