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Call for Proposals: ECOLT 2020
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 Export to Your Calendar 6/16/2020 to 8/26/2020
When: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Where: Virtual
United States

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The East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT) Conference will be heldVIRTUALLYonOctober 29-31, 2020.


The Call for Papers is now live:


Proposal Receipt Deadline: July 17, 2020  extended to August 26, 2020



We invite proposals from colleagues in academia, education, government, and for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. ECOLT encourages students, teachers, researchers, and test developers to present papers and work-in-progress sessions on projects related to language testing.




VIRTUAL PAPERS: (30 minutes)

This format is best suited to the presentation of completed research or theory-oriented discussions/debates. Virtual papers will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions and discussion.


Paper presenters may either:

(a) pre-record a presentation of their papers (i.e., as a narrated PowerPoint) to submit to the conference organizers in advance, and during the assigned time be present to moderate a live chat box for questions and comments from the audience; or

(b) prepare a PowerPoint and present their paper live during the virtual conference. In either case, presenters must be present during the virtual paper session.



Work-in-Progress sessions provide an opportunity to present research or test development projects that are in-progress or being planned. Work-in-progress presenters will prepare a short PowerPoint presentation or other visual support to display using screen share. Sessions will last 20 minutes in which presenters will be able to present and interact with audience questions and comments in real time. Work-in-Progress sessions may not be pre-recorded.



To submit a proposal, fill out the ECOLT 2020 submission form on the conference website: Both paper and work-in-progress proposals will be submitted through the same form.


Abstracts should be between 200 and 300 words. Abstracts should be clearly written and should concisely address the following:

* Context of the issue(s) researched or discussed

* Purpose of the study, theoretical discussion, or development project

* Summary of the approach, methodology, or analytical procedures used

* Results/conclusions/outcomes

* Implications/significance to the field of language testing



Reviewers will use the following criteria to evaluate proposals:

* Clarity of abstract

* Contextualization of issues

* Quality of methods / research design

* Implications / significance to the field



* Links for attending virtual sessions will be provided within the conference platform.

* Before the conference, registered attendees will receive access to the conference platform by downloading the app and using a code sent out by ECOLT organizers.

* Consider having two or more presenters included in your submission. This allows one presenter to deliver content while others monitor the chat and respond to questions.

* Presenters will be required to submit PowerPoints in advance.

* Practice technology sessions for presenters will be available before the conference.

* All sessions will have a virtual session chair and technology support.



There will be an award for the best student paper presented. To be considered, all authors on student papers must be actively-enrolled students at the time of the conference.


We look forward to seeing you online at ECOLT 2020!


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