As appropriate for a conference in a multilingual context, our conference theme is Assessment in Multilingual Contexts: Models, Practices, Policies & Challenges, and we are organizing several events around this theme. We welcome your proposals on this theme, as well as proposals on any topic related to language testing/assessment.
For many individuals and communities in our changing and globalized world, multilingualism has become the norm. The theme of LTRC 2020, “Assessment in multilingual contexts” attempts to tackle the many issues and challenges that we face as assessors of language ability in multilingual environments. Assessing this construct across multiple languages, for example, and doing so equitably, fairly and responsibly, is a complex institutional challenge; assessing the language competence of multilingual individuals is a similarly complicated undertaking. It requires not only test adaptation, but also innovation in test design, and novel views on how to tackle that challenge. How do language testers respond to the myriad of theoretical and empirical approaches that currently attempt to address these issues? How do language teachers cope with the assessment of multiple languages present in their classrooms? Why is it challenging for test designers to define the construct, to assess and to score language assessments in multilingual contexts? How do immigration officials or administrators, and immigrants and newcomers handle institutional language demands? How do we deal with high status languages that dominate those of lower status in institutional contexts? And what does all this mean for the assessment of language ability?
The aim of LTRC 2020 is to bring together researchers from around the world to address critical themes in assessment in multilingual environments. We do not wish to limit potential contributions in any way with the few examples we have given here; we aim to have a diverse set of approaches to the models and the policies that may be adopted to solve this complex issue, and we therefore welcome a range of approaches for discussion at the conference. We also welcome papers and presentations on other topics in language assessment.
The call is now closed (15 October 11:59 CET).