39th Language Testing Research Colloquium
July 17–21, 2017
Universidad de los Andes, Las Aguas, Bogotá, Colombia
July 17–18 Pre-conference workshops
July 19–21 39th LTRC
ILTA, the 2017 LTRC organizing committee, and the Department of Languages and Culture at Universidad de los Andes warmly welcome the 39th LTRC to the Universidad de los Andes campus and to Colombia.
Conference Theme: Language Assessment Literacy Across Stakeholder Boundaries
A review of the 38-year history of LTRC suggests that the field of language assessment has experienced great changes. Early colloquia were held in English-speaking locations and focused on concerns relating to English. During the past 20 years, however, we have seen seven colloquia in locations where English is not the primary language, as well as an increase in presentations on the assessment of languages other than English.
LTRC 2017 marks a milestone for our assessment community as we will meet for the first time in Latin America. LTRC 2017’s venue reminds us of the tremendous growth our field has experienced, in part from engaging with language testers in different contexts across a variety of language testing issues. Accordingly, as we explore different stakeholder territories, the theme of language assessment literacy (LAL) seems appropriate as we strive to build understanding among different stakeholders in an effort to learn from their perspectives and to generate new knowledge in LAL research.
Flights & Hotels.
Arrangements have been made with various sponsor hotels in the different price ranges in a district of Bogotá called the Financial District (also called Rosales or the Zona G). This district is approximately centered around the intersection of Calle 70 and Carrera 7 (Four Seasons Casa Medina). It is important to note that we will be providing free shuttle service from this district to the conference and that the awards dinner will be in this district. If possible, when making your booking, be sure to book a hotel close to/on the bus route/close to the awards dinner.
Altitude Sickness and Preventative Measures.
When you are planning your trip to Bogotá, please keep in mind the altitude: 2650m = 8700 feet. Some people experience mild altitude sickness (similar to flu symptoms) as a result, which is largely preventable. Accordingly, IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU PLAN YOUR TRAVEL TO GIVE YOURSELF 36-48 HOURS IN BOGOTÁ BEFORE THE WORKSHOPS/ COLLOQUIUM TO ADJUST TO THE ALTITUDE! This will also give you 36-48 hours to enjoy the city. Please also consider taking the following basic measures against altitude sickness before and while you travel and once you arrive to Bogotá:
Get 8 hours of sleep per night, even before/ as you travel;
Drink at least 2 liters of water per day, even as you travel;
Avoid or moderate your consumption of alcohol, even as you travel;
Be sure to eat adequately, even if you don't feel hungry;
Once you arrive, take it easy the first 36-48 hours.
Plan your trip with someone!
Colombians prefer travelling in groups of friends, and the culture is strongly oriented towards people moving in groups. Experience the local culture and travel with a friend! Also by February 15th, we will be posting several tours you may consider doing (Cartagena, Amazon, Villa de Leyva) to maximize your stay here in Colombia.