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When: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Where: Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 
United States

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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 22nd annual 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.

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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