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Letter from the President

Monday, October 2, 2017   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Cathie Elder, ILTA President
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Dear ILTA Colleagues,

It’s time to update you on some ILTA news items that I believe will be of interest.

 

LTRC 2020

I am happy to announce that, following the recent online vote from members and a subsequent meeting by the ILTA Executive Board, Tunis will be the location for LTRC 2020. Many thanks to Khaled Barkaoui and his team for taking this on.  We are also very grateful to Hongwen Cai and colleagues for preparing an impressive proposal and hope that we can hold an LTRC in China in the not-too-distant future.

 

Venue rotation policy

It seems appropriate at this point to announce the Executive Board’s desire to move to a 3-year cycle for LTRC conferences with a conference in North America once every three years and, in the intervening years, alternating between the Asia-Pacific region and Europe/Middle East, with the option of a “new” region from time to time.  This policy was broached with the membership at our ABM in Bogotá and a draft will be posted on the ILTA website shortly with provision for feedback from the membership. As you know, the LTRC will be held in Auckland in July 2018, in Atlanta in March 2019 and the following year in Tunis. At next year’s ABM in Auckland we will be considering one or more proposals for a conference in the Asia-Pacific region in 2021 and we plan to return to North America in 2022.  

 

Restoration of ILTA’s non-profit status

During 2016 we learned, to our surprise and dismay, that ILTA’s not-for-profit – 501(c)(3) – tax status had been revoked in May 2013 because the organization had failed to file tax returns during the previous three years. On the advice of the new association management team at Nardone Consulting, ILTA engaged an accounting firm to prepare and submit a reinstatement application to the IRS.

 

On 26 September 2017, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) notified ILTA that its 501(c)(3) tax status has been reinstated effective the original date of revocation, 15 May 2013. This is tremendous news for the organization. It means that ILTA will not be liable for the back taxes or penalties we had feared and is once again in good standing with the IRS. I’m sure that you will join me in thanking the team at Nardone for their guidance through the reinstatement process and for working so effectively with the professional accounting firm to prepare the reinstatement application and supporting documentation.

 

ABM update

At our Annual Business Meeting in Bogotá I promised to provide members with a brief update on some agenda items that we were unable to cover in the time available. See further details below.

 

ILTA Communications

ILTA is aware of the importance of improving communications with members. We began the year with the launch of a new website, hosted by Nardone and continue to work on refinements to this site.  We have now formed a communications sub-committee comprised of Erik Voss, Jee Wha Dakin and Ruslan Suvorov who have been asked to make recommendations about a social media strategy, better use of the interactive features of the website and the possibility of a regular newsletter. We will report back on their deliberations and actions in due course.

 

Electronic presentations at LTRC

The possibility that members might be allowed to present their LTRC papers in absentia via electronic means is under consideration but likely to be allowed only in very particular circumstances - still to be determined. It has also been proposed that the Powerpoints of conference papers be made available to members following the LTRC. This idea is under discussion with next year’s conference organizers.

 

Language Assessment Literacy initiatives

  The ILTA Code of Ethics Translation project has thus far produced translations in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Japanese and Spanish. Members-at-large, Tineke Brunfaut and Beverly Baker, have revived the project and are expanding it to encompass a wider range of languages. Some local translation committees have already been formed and it is hoped that a number of new translations will be ready for posting to the ILTA website in March 2018.  Members who are interested in assisting with translations in additional languages are invited to email Tineke at t.brunfaut@lancaster.ac.uk or Beverly at Beverly.Baker@uottawa.ca.

 

• The Mark My Words video series produced in the 1990s by a team at the Language Testing Research Centre (University of Melbourne) has been digitized and will shortly be freely available on the ILTA website along with the accompanying course booklet.  These materials offer an accessible introduction to the field of language assessment for teachers, students and practitioners of language testing and can also be used to stimulate reflection on how the field has changed over the last two decades.

That’s all for now, but please do remember the Friday 10 November deadline for submitting your proposals for next year’s LTRC in Auckland.

 

Best wishes,

Cathie Elder

ILTA President

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James Purpura says...
Posted Monday, October 2, 2017
Why are we still getting messages from Anna Trott?

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