Past events

 

 2016

CONSORTIUM ON USEFUL ASSESSMENT IN LANGUAGE AND HUMANITIES EDUCATION, ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE 2016

  Date: October 7-8, 2016
  Location: University of Notre Dame
  https://sites.google.com/site/cualhe2016/home

Overview: The Consortium is an inter-institutional collaborative effort that aims to share and to enhance assessment practices developed by college language and humanities programs and to develop a cadre of scholars who can serve as assessment experts/facilitators. We hope to foster a culture of reflective teaching in higher education and to support research into student learning, thereby making useful assessment a regular part of the academic modus operandi.

The goals of the annual meeting and conference are: (a) to provide a forum for those working on outcomes assessment (and related endeavors) to present and exchange ideas, and (b) to enable strategic planning of the Consortium organization and activities.

Keynote speaker: Julie Sykes, University of Oregon

 

EAST COAST ORGANIZATION OF LANGUAGE TESTERS (ECOLT) CONFERENCE 2016

  

  Date: October 28, 2016
  Location: Georgetown University
  https://sites.google.com/site/ecoltaelrc/home

Overview: The East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT) represents an East Coast group of professionals, scholars, and students who are involved in language testing projects and research. One of the organization's goals is to support connections between academia, K-12 education, government, and for-profit and not-for-profit testing organizations. In addition to providing a forum for continued learning and networking, ECOLT strongly supports the work of graduate students.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Xiaoming Xi, Educational Testing Service

 

GURT2016: Useful Assessment and Evaluation in Language Education 

 

 

Dates: March 11-13, 2016

Location: Georgetown University
sites.google.com/site/gurt2016/

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.

Keynote Speakers

Michael Kane (Keynote Speaker) | Educational Testing Service

"Making assessments useful in language education or 'fine words butter no parsnips'"

 

 


John McE. Davis | Georgetown University

"Language program evaluation in contemporary language education: Current practices, future directions"

 


Richard Kiely | University of Southamptom

"Developing students' self-assessment skills: The role of the teacher"

 

 


Lorena Llosa | New York University

"The relationship between language proficiency and content knowledge in the assessment of English language learners in schools"

 

 


 2015

East Coast Organization of Language Testers Conference 2015

  Date: October 9, 2015
  Location: Georgetown University
  www.cal.org/ecolt/

Overview: With the support of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), Georgetown University, Second Language Testing, Inc. (SLTI),  and the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC), the East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT) held its fourteenth annual conference on Friday, October 9th, 2015, at Georgetown University, Washington DC.

Keynote speaker: Paula Winke, Michigan State University

 


Consortium on Useful Assessment in Language and Humanities Education, Annual Meeting and Conference 2015

  Date: October 10-11, 2015 (following immediately after ECOLT 2015)
  Location: Georgetown University
  sites.google.com/site/cualhe2015/

Theme: Outcomes assessment in support of foreign language education

Overview: The Consortium is an inter-institutional collaborative effort that aims to share and to enhance assessment practices developed by college language and humanities programs and to develop a cadre of scholars who can serve as assessment experts/facilitators. We hope to foster a culture of reflective teaching in higher education and to support research into student learning, thereby making useful assessment a regular part of the academic modus operandi. The goals of the annual meeting and conference are: (a) to provide a forum for those working on outcomes assessment (and related endeavors) to present and exchange ideas, and (b) to enable strategic planning of the Consortium organization and activities.

Keynote speaker: Judith Liskin-Gasparro, University of Iowa

Watch the full keynote address here: