Past events

Blue flower 2018

STARTALK: UNDERSTANDING THE ACTFL GUIDELINES

  Online introduction: May 18-June 22
  Face-to-face workshop: June 27-29
  Location: Georgetown University, Washington, DC

“STARTALK: Understanding the ACTFL Guidelines” was a hybrid workshop designed for language instructors from community colleges and other institutions of higher education to participate in action-based research on the influence of this workshop on their professional practices. Participants learned how to use and apply the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and the accompanying Modified Oral Proficiency Interview with a certified ACTFL OPI trainer!

First, participants reviewed a short, online introduction to the ACTFL Guidelines and the Modified Oral Proficiency Interview and responded to a quiz; activities included opportunities to learn about the ACTFL Guidelines, practice rating speech samples and setting goals for incorporating speaking proficiency activities in their classrooms. Next, participants came to Georgetown University June 27-29 to work with a certified ACTFL trainer to learn to conduct interviews and incorporate proficiency-based activities in their language classrooms. During September, November, and January, participants will respond to short questionnaires and participate in interviews (Zoom or face-to-face) on the influence of this professional development for participants, their students, and their professional growth.

Limited travel funds (up to $600 of pre-approved expenses with appropriate receipts) were available for out-of-town attendees.


AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR APPLIED LINGUISTICS (AAAL) CONFERENCE 2018

AAAL Chicago 2018 Logo  Date: March 24-27, 2018
  Location: Chicago, Illinois
  Website

The 2018 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) was held March 24-27, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Nationally and internationally, the AAAL conference has a reputation as a comprehensive and stimulating conference including in-depth colloquia and paper sessions, topical and thought-provoking plenary presentations, excellent book exhibits, and plentiful opportunities for networking.


LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT RESEARCH CONFERENCE (LARC) 2018

LARC 2018 Logo  Date: March 21-23, 2018
  Location: Iowa State University
                          Website

Iowa State University hosted the 2018 Language Assessment Research Conference (LARC). This conference took place March 21-23, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. LARC was being held in an effort to fill the growing need for a language assessment conference that is accessible to researchers in North America.

Blue flower 2017

ACTFL 2017 ANNUAL CONVENTION AND WORLD LANGUAGES EXPO

ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo

 Date: November 17-19, 2017
 Location: Music City Center, Nashville, TN
 (Pre-Convention Workshops – November 16, 2017)
 Website

The ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo is an international event bringing together more than 7,000 language educators from all languages, levels, and assignments. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive professional development experience that will have an impact on language educators at all levels of teaching and in turn help their students to succeed in their language learning process. Educators participate in the world’s most comprehensive language education meeting of the minds featuring more than 800 educational sessions in a variety of formats that focus on innovative programs, emerging trends that impact the language profession, and research-informed practices. While this year's exhibit hall showcased more than 250 companies exhibiting their latest products and services, it was a learning experience within itself where attendees could find exhibitor sponsored workshops, the ACTFL Collab Zone, the Social Media Lounge, a Career Café, and an ACTFL Confer-sation Corner.


THE CONSORTIUM ON USEFUL ASSESSMENT IN LANGUAGE AND HUMANITIES EDUCATION (CUALHE) 2017

Date: October 28 - 29, 2017
Location: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 
Website

The Consortium on Useful Assessment in Language and Humanities Education (CUALHE) is an inter-institutional collaborative effort that aims to share and to enhance useful assessment practices developed by college language and humanities programs and to develop a cadre of scholars who can serve as assessment experts/facilitators. The aim of the Consortium 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.

This year's conference spanned two days and consists of presentations and discussions on three assessment-related strands: (1) assessment of experiential learning outcomes; (2) text-based assessment in language studies programs; and (3) useful assessment of language and humanities education. The conference began with an opening luncheon on Saturday, October 28th, followed by presentations and discussion. The first day concluded with a late-afternoon keynote and dinner. Presentations and discussions continued on Sunday, October 29th. Discussions were facilitated by an invited scholar with expertise in the respective strand. The conference ended with a box lunch and a “strategy session” (optional for participants).


EAST COAST ORGANIZATION OF LANGUAGE TESTERS (ECOLT) CONFERENCE 2017

  Date: October 20, 2017
  Location: Georgetown University
  Website

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. This year, the conference was titled "Language Assessment Literacy: Perspectives across Stakeholder Groups."

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Meg Malone, Georgetown University and AELRC
Plenary Title: "Unpacking language assessment literacy: Differentiating needs of different stakeholder groups"


WORLD LANGUAGES DAY 2017

 Date: April 20, 2017
 Location: Georgetown University

The Georgetown community was invited to learn about the opportunities that world languages provide. Two panel discussions were available to learn more. The first panel featured student panelists discussing the experience and benefits of studying abroad to learn a new language. The second panel featured panelists from the greater Georgetown community, including current students and alumni with experience working for the Department of Education, the Finnish government, the World Bank, and the Georgetown Linguistics Department.

Blue flower 2016

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

Logo for Consortium on Useful Assessment in Language and Humanities Education 2016 conference

 Date: October 7-8, 2016
 Location: University of Notre Dame
 Website

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

Logo for East Coast Organization of Language Testers

 Date: October 28, 2016
 Location: Georgetown University
 Website

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

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GURT 2016: Useful Assessment and Evaluation in Language Education 

Logo of flower for Georgetown University Round Table 2016

Dates: March 11-13, 2016
Location: Georgetown University
Website

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 focused 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 KaneMichael Kane (Keynote Speaker) | Educational Testing Service

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

 

 


John McE. DavisJohn McE. Davis | Georgetown University

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

 


Richard KielyRichard Kiely | University of Southampton

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

 

 


Lorena LlosaLorena Llosa | New York University

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

 

 

Blue flower 2015

East Coast Organization of Language Testers Conference 2015

Logo for East Coast Organization of Language Testers  Date: October 9, 2015
  Location: Georgetown University
  Website

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

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

Logo for the Consortium on Useful Assessment in Language and Humanities Education 2015 conference  Date: October 10-11, 2015 (following immediately after ECOLT 2015)
  Location: Georgetown University
  Website

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

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