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Call for Papers: The 22nd Japan Language Testing Association Annual Conference
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5/1/2018 to 6/10/2018
When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Where: United States

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The 22nd Japan Language Testing Association Annual Conference
(JLTA2018): Call for Papers (Deadline: June 10, 2018)

The Japan Language Testing Association (JLTA) invites presentation
proposals for its annual conference. We look forward to receiving your
proposals related to the conference theme, and to language testing and
assessment in general.

Note that each participant can present multiple times, but only once
as the first presenter. This year’s conference has a special room for
family members (junior high school students or higher).

Conference website:

Dates: Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, 2018

Day 1 (September 8): Workshop
Time: 14:00 to 17:15 (with a 15-minute break)
Venue: Hokkai-Gakuen University, Toyohira Campus (D31, 7th Building)
Title: Bayes statistics and its application to foreign language education study
Lecturers: Kunihiro KUSANAGI (Hiroshima University)
Language of instruction: Japanese
Attendance Fee: 1,000 yen
Capacity: 30 participants

Day 2 (September 9):
Keynote speech, symposium, research and assessment practice
presentations, commercial exhibits, banquet, and others

Hokkai-Gakuen University, Toyohira Campus (D20, 7th Building)

<Conference theme>
Evaluating Language Assessments in Japan

<Keynote Speech>
Antony J. KUNNAN (Professor, Department of English, University of Macao)
Title: An ethics-based approach to the evaluation of language
assessments (tentative)

Theme: Evaluating fairness and justice of university entrance English
examinations in Japan (tentative)
Coordinator: Hidetoshi SAITO (Ibaraki University)
Panelists: Yasuyo SAWAKI (Waseda University), Yo IN’NAMI (Chuo
University), Hidetoshi SAITO (Ibaraki University)

<Attendance Fee>
Graduate student, JLTA member & JALT TEVAL SIG member: 1,000 yen
Non-JLTA member: 3,000 yen
Undergraduate students (with a proper student ID): Free

This year’s conference will be co-sponsored by the Japan Association
for Language Teaching (JALT) Testing and Evaluation Special Interest
benefit from discounted conference registration fees for the JLTA
annual conference.

<Submission Overview>
Research presentation
Research related to language testing and assessment that clearly
states the purpose of the research, methodology, analysis, and
interpretation of the results

Assessment practice presentations
Report on assessment practices including language tests, language
program/curriculum evaluation, and assessment for teacher development,

Presenters of both types of presentations will each have 20 minutes to
present their research papers or assessment practices followed by
10-minute discussion.

Submission period: from April 28, 2018 to June 10, 2018

Those wishing to present research papers or assessment practices
should send the information listed below by e-mail to:
jlta.cfp[at] [at] with an at sign). The subject line
of the e-mail should read “JLTA 2018Submission_First Presenter Name”
(e.g., “JLTA 2018Submission_Richard_DAVIDSON”).

Please include the following information:
1) Type of presentation (research paper or assessment practice)
2) Presentation title
3) Names, and affiliations of all presenters. The name should be given
in English, in the order of first name followed by surname (e.g.,
Richard DAVIDSON). Specify whether each presenter is a JLTA member,
and whether the presenter is a JALT TEVAL SIG member.
4) A 400-word (or 800-Japanese-character) abstract
Please include the purpose of the research, methodology, analysis, and
interpretation of the results for a research paper, and include the
purpose and content of the practice, and the results for an assessment
practice report.
5) Name of contact person and his/her e-mail address

*If the presenters wish to use a projector, they should follow the
procedures listed below:
(a) Presenters should bring a PC. There will be an audio terminal
connector (for PC connection through a stereo mini plug) and a D-sub
15-pin cable in the presentation room. Mac users should bring their
own Mini DisplayPort/USB-C to VGA Adapter;
(b) Presenters must take responsibility for connecting their PC to the
(c) Presenters should bring handouts as an alternative in case of
technical failure.

Presenters HAVE TO be JLTA or JALT TEVAL SIG members. If you are a
non-member currently, please join JLTA within two weeks after your
abstract is accepted for presentation
( This rule applies
to all the co-authors who will make a presentation at JLTA2018.

-    All information should be included in the body of the e-mail, and
no files should be sent as attachments.
-    Confirmation of submission will be sent within seven days after
the submission. If applicants do not receive a confirmation email
within seven days, they are requested to send an inquiry to the JLTA
-    Participants can present multiple times, but only once as the
first presenter.
-    The abstracts will be included in the conference program book. No
correction or replacement will be basically accepted after the
submission period.
-    Notification of selection will be sent via e-mail to the first presenter.

Notification of selection: (no later than) July 15, 2018

<Advertisements (Exhibitions included)>
Application period: from May 7, 2018 to June 29, 2018
Due to space limitations, limited to 10 exhibitors (to be selected on
a first-come, first-served basis)
Advertisement (half page of A4-size paper; Exhibition of one long
table included)
7,500 yen (JLTA Members), 15,000 yen (Non-Members)
Advertisement (one page of A4-size paper; Exhibition of one long table
(60 cm x 180 cm) and a satellite desk near the main presentation room
10,000 yen (JLTA Members), 20,000 yen (Non-Members)
For further information on advertisements and exhibitions, please
contact the JLTA
Secretariat (Kazuhiko KATAGIRI): E-mail: jlta2018co[at]
(replace [at] with an at sign)

<Conference Registration>
There is no pre-conference registration. Please pay the registration
fee and banquet fee on site.

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