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LTRC 2020 > 2021 - 42nd Language Testing Research Colloquium - Assessment in multilingual contexts: Models, practices, policies & challenges

Date :  du 14-06-2021 au 18-06-2021

Appel à communications ouvert jusqu'au :  30-10-2020

Lieu :  à distance

Modalité :  intégralement à distance

Organisation :  International Language Testing Association (ILTA)

Over the past several weeks, the ILTA Executive Board and the LTRC 2021 Conference Committee have been in conversations about the feasibility of holding LTRC in person in Tunisia as planned. The EB made the difficult decision to hold LTRC 2021 completely online. The conference will be held within the same timeframe: 14-18 June, 2021. Of course, we are all disappointed not to be together for a second year in a row, but we trust that this news will not come as a great surprise, given the continued impact of Covid-19 on all of our lives and uncertainty about when international travel will be broadly safe again.

The ILTA EB has observed and learned from the experiences of online events that have taken place over the past year and is committed to making LTRC a stimulating and memorable experience. We are working closely with the organizing committee to bring you an exciting program. In the days and weeks to come, we will have much more information for presenters and attendees, but we wanted to get this information out to everyone right away so that you can adjust your plans accordingly.


Programme : 

Call for proposals

For many individuals and communities in our changing and globalized world, multilingualism has become the norm. The theme of LTRC 2021, “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 2021 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.

Proposal Deadline: Friday, 30 October 2020

Keynote speakers

Glenn Fulcher
Professor, University of Leicester, UK
Validity worlds and values

Dr. Fred Davidson
Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Describing the language construct (How are we doing?)

Dr. Catherine Elder
University of Melbourne, Australia
Responding to policy imperatives: can language testers do more?


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mot(s) clé(s) :  langues vivantes, test, examen et concours