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 Export to Your Calendar 12/17/2019 to 4/15/2020
When: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Where: Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 
United States

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Abstracts due April 15, 2020


Midwest Association of Language Testers

October 3, 2020

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa


Conference theme

Impact of Technology on Language Assessment


Plenary Speaker

Professor Elvis Wagner, Temple University


The 22ndannual MwALT Conference will be held in conjunction with the 18th annual Technology for Second Language Learning Conference at Iowa State University. The conference theme, "Impact of Technology on Language Assessment," invites participants to explore how technology is affecting all facets of language assessment including not only the technical but also the professional and social aspects of the profession. New technologies have created new opportunities for test task creation, delivery, scoring, and validation. They have also increased the feasibility of assessment for learning, continuous data collection, and new forms of data analysis. These new technical capabilities demand increased expertise on the part of language testers, who need to shape the future of the profession while engaging with the expanded range of participants in the business of language assessment. Today, for example, the creation and selection of English language tests can be subject to input from players with business-oriented motives and knowledge of technology and social media rather than professional knowledge of language assessment. The 2020 MwALT conference will provide a forum for exploring the technical, professional, social, and political dimensions of this new landscape.Proposals for papers on all aspects of language assessment are welcome, but the organizing committee is particularly interested in papers that consider the impacts of technology on language assessment.

Proposals for the following types of sessions are invited:

Papers should present theoretical or empirical research. They are 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions. Proposals for empirical studies should provide background and reasons for the research, descriptions of methodology, findings, and implications. Proposals for conceptual papers should introduce the problem addressed in the paper, provide the theoretical orientation or new approach, and indicate the logic of the argument the paper will present. Paper proposals should be less than 300 words.

Technology Demonstrations
Demonstrations allow presenters to showcase software used for any aspect of language assessment development, delivery, or research. They are 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions. Proposals should be less than 300 words and should provide a purpose for the technology, how it can benefit the language testing process, principles of its development, and implications/challenges of its use. Actual demonstrations of the technology and its uses within the 20-minute time limit are preferred, but sessions with screen shots or other ways of showing the technology will be considered.

Posters give presenters an opportunity to discuss assessment research or test development projects with a small group of participants. Presenters should be available to display and discuss their posters during a 60-minute session. Proposals for poster presentations should be less than 300 words.

Research in Progress (Roundtable format)
Research in progress presentations give presenters an opportunity to discuss and get feedback on research or test development projects which are incomplete. Presenters will be given time to share their work and get feedback from small groups of participants. Proposals should be less than 300 words.

Evaluation of Proposals 

All proposals will be subject to a double blind review by at least two professionals in the field. Criteria will include the proposal’s clarity, adequacy of the proposer’s fulfillment of the requested characteristics for each of the categories of submission, as well as the overall significance for language assessment.


Important Dates

Proposal submission website open: February 15, 2020

Abstracts due: April 15, 2020

Conference: October 3, 2020


Conference Organizing Committee

Gary Ockey, Iowa State University

Carol A. Chapelle, Iowa State University

Ananda Muhammad, Iowa State University

Roz Hirch, Iowa State University

Shireen Baghestani, Iowa State University

Reza Neiriz, Iowa State University

Hannah Kim, Iowa State University

Haeyun Jin, Iowa State University

Sondoss Elnegahy, Iowa State University

Yasin Karatay, Iowa State University

Hardi Prasetyo, Iowa State University

Jeanne Beck, Iowa State University

Mutleb Alnafisah, Iowa State University

Andrea Flinn, Iowa State University

Ali Garib, Iowa State University

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