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The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to Saturday, October 31.

10/1/2015 to 10/31/2015
When: 10/1/2015
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GURT 2016

Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics

Useful assessment and evaluation in language education

March 11-13, 2016

Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Organizers: Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center

Featured keynote speaker:

  • Michael Kane, Educational Testing Service

Confirmed plenary speakers:

  • John McE. Davis, Georgetown University
  • Catherine Elder, University of Melbourne
  • Richard Kiely Southampton University
  • Lorena Llosa, New York University

Conference theme: Assessment and evaluation offer considerable potential for helping educators understand, deliver, improve, and judge the effectiveness of language teaching, classes, and programs. On the one hand, assessment provides essential insights into the knowledge, abilities, and dispositions of language learners and users for purposes ranging from admissions and placement decisions to the provision of learning-oriented feedback to the certification of job-related proficiencies. On the other hand, program evaluation provides a framework and methodology for educators and other stakeholders to design educational experiences, illuminate how and how well they are realized, understand constraints and other factors that affect educational effectiveness, and determine the value and impact of language teaching efforts on individuals and society. The quality of assessment and evaluation processes is determined not only by their technical merit, but increasingly in light of the uses to which they are put and the consequences that ensue for language learners, educators, and others. This conference focuses on the uses for assessment and evaluation in relation to language learning and teaching, with a primary emphasis on how assessments and evaluations are designed to maximize their usefulness as well as how the uses of assessment and evaluation impact a variety of stakeholders.

Call for papers: Deadline for submission: October 31, 2015.

We invite papers related to the conference theme, and we are particularly interested in the following topics:

  • Language program evaluation at work: Uses, frameworks, methods, examples
  • Learning-oriented assessment: Design and evaluation for use in language classrooms
  • Student learning outcomes assessment: Accreditation, accountability, and improvement
  • Assessment consequences: Investigating the impact of assessments on language learners, teachers, schools, communities, and societies
  • Validity evaluation: Determining the quality of assessments in use

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