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Language Assessment Research Conference (LARC)
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3/21/2018 to 3/23/2018
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Where: Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 
United States

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Language Assessment Research Conference (LARC)
March 21-23, 2018
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Validation research in language assessment: Contributions from methods in applied linguistics

For more information about the LARC Conference, visit the LARC website.

Iowa State University is pleased to announce that it will host the 2018 Language Assessment Research Conference (LARC). This conference will take place March 21-23, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. LARC is being held in an effort to fill the growing need for a language assessment conference that is accessible to researchers in North America.

LARC 2018 will provide a forum for concentrated discussion of applied linguistics methods used in validation studies for language assessments to support a range of claims about the validity of test score interpretations, uses, and consequences. Research methods in applied linguistics appear to be increasingly useful in language testing research because of the need to investigate new types of language tests for an expanded set of purposes delivered by ever-changing technologies. Some methods of interest in validation studies are response process analysis, such as eye-tracking, conversation analysis, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, language-focused ethnography, critical inquiry into policy issues, differential item functioning, factor analysis, generalizability theory, Many-facet Rasch Measurement, and structural equation modeling.

The conference opening address will be given by: Carol A. Chapelle, Distinguished Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University

The conference will also feature plenary talks by:
Alister Cumming, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Dorry M. Kenyon, Vice President, Director of Assessment Center for Applied Linguistics
Tim McNamara, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne
President, American Association for Applied Linguistics

Conference Organizing Committee

Gary Ockey, Iowa State University (Co-Chair)
Carol Chapelle, Iowa State University (Co-Chair)
Liying Cheng, Queen’s University
Troy Cox, Brigham Young University
Jee Wha Dakin, ETS
Okim Kang, Northern Arizona University
Meg Malone, Georgetown University, ACTFL
Lia Plakans, University of Iowa
Masanori Suzuki, Pearson

Local Organizers (Iowa State University graduate students)
Rosalie (Roz) Hirch (Chair)
Nazlinur Gokturk
Hyunwoo Kim
Ananda Muhammad
Phuong Nguyen
Liberato Santos

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