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ILTA Members Deliver AALA 2018 Keynote and Plenary Speeches

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The 5th Annual International Conference of the Asian Association for Language Assessment (AALA)

18-20 October, 2018
Shanghai, China

The 5th Annual International Conference of the Asian Association for Language Assessment (AALA) was held in Shanghai, October 18-20, 2018. Hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and co-hosted by Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, the conference attracted more than 300 participants from 19 countries and regions. Featuring one keynote speech, 4 plenary speeches, 54 parallel paper presentations and 15 poster presentations, the conference provided excellent opportunities for researchers, practitioners, teachers and students from Asia and other parts of the world to exchange views and experiences. The conference also paid a special tribute to Professor Cyril Weir, who passed away on September 28, 2018. During the commemoration session, Professor Barry O’Sullivan reviewed Professor Weir’s great contribution to the field of language testing and assessment.

The theme of this year’s AALA conference was Standards in Language Assessment. The four pre-conference workshops attracted more than 150 researchers, teachers and students. In the workshops, the participants were guided to work through different tasks that helped enhance their knowledge of automated feedback on performance assessment, rating scale development, frameworks and models for reading assessment, and online resources for identifying suitable reading texts for learning and assessment. In the keynote speech, Dr. Ute Knoch from The University of Melbourne addressed the issue of context in rating scale development. In the four plenary speeches, Dr. Xiaoming Xi from Educational Testing Service focused on new advances on the construct definition for language standards and frameworks. Prof. Barry O’Sullivan from British Council presented his ideas on the theory and practice of localisation in language assessment. Dr. Nick Saville from Cambridge Assessment English presented a multilingual perspective on setting standards for language learning and assessment. Prof. Yan Jin from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Dr. Jessica Wu from Language Training and Testing Center proposed to develop guidelines for language assessment practice in Asia.

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