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Japan Language Testing Association (JLTA: http://jlta.ac/)

2017 Annual Report

The Japan Language Testing Association has 12 honorary members, 201 ordinary members, 11 student members, 14 institutional members, as of March 2018. Our purpose for the establishment is to improve both the theoretical understanding and the practice of measurement and evaluation in foreign language education in Japan. To achieve our purpose, we conducted seven main activities in 2017. First, approximately 100 people attended our 21st annual conference at Aizu University, Fukushima, on September 9 and 10, 2017, with John M. NORRIS (Educational Testing Service) as a keynote speaker. The 22nd Annual Conference of the Japan Language Testing Association will be held at Hokkai-Gakuen University on September 8 (Saturday) and 9 (Sunday), 2018. Second, we held two research meetings at Fukushima University, Fukushima and St. Andrew’s University (Momoyama Gakuin University), Osaka. Third, Korean English Language Testing Association (KELTA) and JLTA exchanged delegates to each other’s annual conference to learn from each other’s activities. We had two KELTA presenters (Tae-Ja PARK and Kyoung-Oak NAM, both from Korea University) and sent two JLTA presenters to the KELTA conference (Hidetoshi SAITO, Ibaraki University; Myles GROGAN, Kansai University). Fourth, we published two volumes of JLTA Journal, Vol. 20, which as well as all the past issues can be read on the J-Stage database (https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/jltajournal/20/0/_contents/-char/en). Fifth, Paul WICKING (Associate Professor of Meijo University / Nagoya University Graduate School of International Development) won this year’s JLTA Best Paper Award for his paper “The Assessment Beliefs and Practices of English Teachers in Japanese Universities (see https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jltajournal/20/0/20_76/_article/-char/en). Sixth, we published two newsletters, and past ones are available on our website (http://jlta.ac/?page_id=27). Last but not least, the JLTA Committee of the Position Statement on the New University Entrance Examination Policy drafted a proposal regarding the current university entrance examination reform in Japan. After the draft was approved with some modification by a majority of JLTA officials, the committee submitted the proposal (A proposal for how to use English tests as part of a new entrance exam [a test evaluating scholastic ability for university entrance applicants; tentative name]) to the Ministry of Education on January 4, 2017. The committee further wrote an article on the proposal and its annotations to Eigo Kyouiku (The English Teachers Magazine) from Taishukan in the May 2017 issue. The proposal and the annotations can be read both in Japanese and English on our website: http://jlta2016.sakura.ne.jp/?page_id=865

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Yoshinori WATANABE (JLTA President; Sophia University)

Rie KOIZUMI (JLTA Secretary General; Juntendo University)

Yuichiro YOKOUCHI (JLTA Vice Secretary General; Hirosaki University)


2016 Annual Report

The purpose for the establishment of the Japan Language Testing Association is to improve both the theoretical understanding and the practice of measurement and evaluation in foreign language education in Japan. To achieve our purpose to improve assessment in foreign language education in Japan, we conducted eight main activities in 2016.

  1. Over 120 people attended our 20th annual conference at Tokai University, Kanagawa, on September 17 and 18, with Gary OCKEY (Iowa State University) as a keynote speaker.
  2. We held two research meetings at Ryukoku University, Osaka and Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka.
  3. Korean English Language Testing Association (KELTA) and JLTA exchanged delegates to each other’s annual conference to learn from each other’s activities. We had two KELTA presenters (Misook KIM and Young Mi KIM, both from Kyung Hee University, Korea) and sent two JLTA presenters to the KELTA conference (Makoto FUKAZAWA, University of the Ryukyus; Ryoko FUJITA, University of Tsukuba).
  4. We published two volumes of JLTA Journal, Vol. 19 and Vol. 19 supplementary: 20th anniversary special issue, which includes summaries of JLTA history and recent theories and practices in language assessment, written in English or Japanese. It will be open to the public in six months.
  5. Wakana ONOZUKA (Graduate School, University of Tsukuba / The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) won this year’s JLTA Best Paper Award for her paper “DIF analyses on the Business Japanese Proficiency Test: Comparisons across gender and districts of residence” (written in Japanese).
  6. We updated our website with English pages, online tutorials, and workshop videos (http://jlta.ac/?page_id=808).
  7. We published two newsletters, and past ones are available on our website (http://jlta.ac/?page_id=27).
  8. We started distributing information using Twitter (https://twitter.com/JLTA_official).

 

 

 



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