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Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) 2019
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10/4/2019 to 10/5/2019
When: Friday, October 4, 2019
Where: Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana 
United States

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Indiana University will host the Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) 2019 from October 4 to October 5, 2019. There will be pre-conference workshops on Signal Detection Theory (SDT) and Differential Item Functioning (DIF) analysis in language assessment research. Prof. Okim Kang from Northern Arizona University is invited as the plenary speaker. Check out the following conference website for more details:

Call for proposals for MwALT will be posted on March 25, 2019. 

MwALT has always been an active hub where researchers, graduate students, and professionals in all fields to engage in conversations about language assessment that contribute to new developments in language assessment. This year, we are on the cusp of Indiana University’s bicentennial anniversary. We invite you to join us for both momentous occasions in the historic Indiana Memorial Union building, where the conference will be housed.

This year’s conference theme is Building Pathways Between Language and Assessment. We hope that this coming conference will provide a platform for us to think about the term “language assessment” and how language and assessment are connected. While we have seen advancements in the way we assess, it is nevertheless of paramount importance to think about the roots—what we are testing. We hope that this conference provides an opportunity for language testers to address the questions of what, why, how we are testing, and weave the answers together in a holistic manner whereby answers to one question inform answers to other questions. At MwALT 2019, we hope to revisit language in language assessment and strengthen the ties between second language acquisition and how to better assess it. We welcome your proposals on this theme, but we would of course welcome proposals on any topic related to language testing.

Sun-Young Shin, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Second Language Studies
Indiana University
Morrison Hall 234
1165 E. 3rd St,
Bloomington IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-8479

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