Past events

 

 2017

ACTFL 2017 ANNUAL CONVENTION AND WORLD LANGUAGES EXPO

ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo

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

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. Come 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 the exhibit hall will showcase more than 250 companies exhibiting their latest products and services, it is a learning experience within itself where you will find exhibitor sponsored workshops, the ACTFL Collab Zone, the Social Media Lounge, a Career Café, and an ACTFL Confer-sation Corner.

https://www.actfl.org/convention-expo

 

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

Date: October 28 - 29, 2017
Location: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 
For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/view/cualhe2017

Overview: 

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 spans 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 begins with an opening luncheon on Saturday, October 28th, followed by presentations and discussion. The first day concludes with a late-afternoon keynote and dinner. Presentations and discussions continue on Sunday, October 29th. Discussions will be facilitated by an invited scholar with expertise in the respective strand. The conference ends 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
  www.cal.org/ecolt/

Date: October 20, 2017
Location: Georgetown University, Washington, DC
For more information, visit:   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. This year, the conference is 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.

 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: