The 35th Language Testing Research Colloquium
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The 35th Annual Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC)
July 3-5, 2013, Seoul, Korea
(Preconference workshop: July 1-2, 2013)
Broadening Horizons: Language Assessment, Diagnosis, and Accountability
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF PROPOSALS: (Now it is extended to November 30th, 2012)
The Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) is the annual conference of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA). The 35th LTRC will be held in Seoul, Korea, from July 3rd (W) to 5th (F), hosted by Seoul National University (SNU).
Pre-conference workshops will take place on July 1 (M) and July 2 (T).
The theme of LTRC 2013 is Broadening Horizons: Language Assessment, Diagnosis, and Accountability. Preference will be given to paper and symposium proposals that are clearly related to one of the areas listed below:
- First/second language proficiency and development models, and their implications for developing diagnostic
- Interface between language assessment and teaching/learning (including remedial instruction);
- Classroom teachers diagnostic competency and training issues;
- Development and validation of diagnostic language assessments;
- Application of various diagnostic approaches (including cognitive diagnosis models) to language
- Methods of enhanced scoring, diagnosis, and feedback in language assessment;
- Expanding existing, and creating new, validity frameworks for language assessments, including
  diagnostically oriented assessment;
- Diverse methods and approaches for measuring student growth;
- Ethics and standards for language assessment (including diagnosis);
- Accountability policies and practice in language assessment.
In the interests of our theme of Broadening Horizons and reaching out to other diverse communities of language testing, we welcome proposals employing a wide range of forms and methods: from classroom-based to large-scale testing, as well as qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches. We would also like to expand on the main theme by inviting submissions for symposia on some important issues related with:
- Challenges and issues faced by the English language tests developed in countries where English is used as a second or foreign language;
- Challenges and issues faced by the tests of languages other than English.
Proposals related to various other significant issues in language assessment are also welcome, particularly for posters and works in progress.
LTRC 2013 Presentation Categories
Proposals for LTRC 2013 are solicited for presentations in the following categories. Note that proposals that are not accepted as research papers may be considered as posters or works in progress. However, if a proposal is more suitable as a poster or work in progress it should be submitted as such. Proposals for research that is in progress should be submitted as works in progress. Proposals for presentations on test development projects should be submitted as posters.
1. Research Papers
This format is best suited to theoretically oriented work, or the presentation of completed research. Paper presentations are 20 minutes and are followed by 10 minutes for questions and comments from the audience. In the case of empirical studies, the proposal should in general include objectives of the study, study design and methods, results, conclusions, and implications. In the case of conceptual research, the proposal should discuss an approach or a critical issue, or compare and contrast alternative approaches or issues, and provide significant new insights. The proposal must not exceed 500 words.
2. Symposia
Symposia involve multiple presenters focusing on a single theme and are best suited for the discussion of research, theory, practice, and associated issues. They should not be a series of independent presentations but should offer complementary or differing perspectives on an important topic or issue that can stimulate wider discussion. Symposia may last up to two hours and may include up to four individual presenters, a moderator, and an independent discussant. An organizer may also act as a participant or moderator. Evidence of careful planning for the implementation of the symposium (e.g., goals, timing, summaries of perspectives, etc.) should be included in the proposal. The proposal should include a 500-word summary of the topic, focusing on how the perspectives represented in the individual papers are complementary or distinct. In addition, abstracts of individual papers not exceeding 350 words each should be included.
3. Posters
Posters provide an opportunity primarily for the presentation of test development projects, new tests, and technological innovations. Posters are displayed on a specific day. Presenters should be available to discuss their work and answer questions. The proposal must not exceed 500 words.
4. Work in Progress
These sessions provide an opportunity for the presentation of research in progress or research that is being planned. Presenters discuss their unfinished research or research plans with other participants and receive comments and suggestions on how best to proceed. The proposal must not exceed 500 words.
Submission of Proposals
Deadline for receipt of proposals: New Deadline for receipt of proposals: November 30th, 2012, 11:59 p.m., Korea Standard Time (9:59 a.m. on the same day, Eastern Standard Time, U.S.). All proposals must be submitted via the website,, which is specifically set up for online submissions. The submission website will be launched by the end of July, 2012. No email, fax, or regular mail submissions will be accepted.
Content of Proposals
The website for online submissions will request the following information:
- Type of presentation (paper, symposium, poster, or work in progress);
- Title of presentation (must not exceed 15 words);
Presenter information: name(s) of the author(s) in the order that they should appear in the program, institutional affiliation(s), and the location of the institution(s);
- The name of the author to whom all correspondence should be sent;
Email address of the correspondent, fax number of the correspondent (please be sure to include country code), and office telephone number of the correspondent;
- Audio-visual equipment required;
- Abstract of presentation.
A blind review process will be employed, so any information that might identify author(s) must be omitted from the proposal itself.
Evaluation Criteria
Criteria used to evaluate symposia will be:
- Relevance to the conference theme;
- Interest and importance to the field of language assessment;
- Coherence and complementarity of the contributions;
- Evidence of careful planning for the implementation of the symposium, including sufficient time for discussion and audience participation.
Criteria used to evaluate papers will be:
- Relevance to the conference theme;
- Interest and importance to the field of language assessment;
Clarity of theoretical orientation in the case of empirical studies, quality of study design, analysis, and overall organization.
Criteria used to evaluate posters and works in progress will be:
- Interest and importance to the field of language assessment;
- Clarity of theoretical orientation in the case of empirical studies, quality of study design, analysis, and overall organization;
- Relevance to the conference theme.
To view successful proposals from previous conferences, please CLICK HERE
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