Representatives from professional testing organisations with an interest in language testing will join us to discuss some of the issues our associations face as a result of the global pandemic and explore where we might go from here. Judith Mader (chair) represents IATEFL TEASIG; Dr Sathena Chan, BAAL TEASIG; Fiona Orel, BALEAP TAFSIG; and Dr Benjamin Kremmel, UKALTA.
Judith Mader has worked in number of academic positions, including as a full-time test developer and until recently, as Head of Languages at a German university. She is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She has also published course material and tests and articles and books on teaching methodology and testing. Judith is a Trustee of IATEFL and represents the sixteen IATEFL Special Interest Groups and was the Newsletter Editor and the TEASIG Coordinator of the Testing Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group (TEASIG).
Dr Mark Griffiths is an academic consultant working across the fields of language assessment, linguistics and educational materials production. He conducts research and advises on a range of topics related to test development, the CEFR, assessment literacy and assessment impact. Mark has worked as an examiner and trainer in over 20 countries. He has published student course books for exam suites and advises publishers and assessment organisations on the production of language courses, test materials and student and teacher support materials. Mark is steering member of the Educational Writers’ Group for the Society of Authors, a member of UKALTA’s Higher Education Assessment Literacy task force and is the Communications Officer and current Convenor of BAAL TEASIG.
Dr Benjamin Kremmel is the Head of the Language Testing Research Group Innsbruck (LTRGI) at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where he is currently a lecturer and researcher at the Department for Subject-specific Education at the Faculty of Teacher Education. His research interests include vocabulary assessment, L2 reading assessment, diagnostic language testing, language assessment literacy, and SLA. His research has been published in Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching, PlosOne and TESOL Quarterly. Benjamin was a member of the first UKALTA executive committee from 2015-2018.
Fiona Orel is Director of Assessment and Testing and EAP Tutor, at the International Study and Language Institute, University of Reading. She is the convenor for the BALEAP TAFSIG and has been directly involved in EAP assessment since 2011. She is the Director of Assessment for the International Study and Language Institute, University of Reading and a member of UKALTA, EALTA, ILTA, and ALTA. Fiona is particularly interested in assessing language for university entry and examiner training.