|History of ILTA & LTRC|
In February 1979, a relatively small group of applied linguists from several countries, with varied backgrounds and perspectives, met in a single hotel room for two days in Boston, Massachusetts, in order to participate in a discussion of the issues and problems of language testing. For many who were at that first colloquium, it was both surprising and gratifying to find that there were others who shared their interest in this obtruse and relatively unpopular enterprise. Equally amazing was the discovery that not only did we share common professional interests, but we were in many other ways "kindred spirits." As Palmer, Groot and Trosper (1981) observed in their forward to the volume of papers that came out of that first colloquium, "the colloquium has enabled people with a common narrowly-defined interest to get to know each other and to develop the closeness and the lines of communication that allow each to profit more fully from the work of others."