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Asian Association for Language Assessment (AALA)
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Asian Association for Language Assessment (AALA)


The Asian Association for Language Assessment (AALA) was established in June 2014, when a working group of language assessment specialists in Asia decided to form an association to promote language assessment activities in the region during the Language Testing Research Colloquium in Amsterdam. Through discussions after the initial meeting, the formal name for the association was chosen, and the Executive Board for 2014-15 was formed. Since then, AALA is growing steadily, with over 300 current Individual Members from various countries and regions not only in Asia but also in other parts of the world.


Current Executive Board members

President: Jessica Wu (Language Training and Testing Center, Taiwan)

Co-President: Yan Jin (Shanghai Jiaotong University, China)

First Vice President: Jirada Wudthayagorn (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)

Second Vice President: Thi Ngoc Quynh Nguyen (Vietnam National University, Vietnam)

Immediate Past President: David Qian (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

Secretary/Treasurer: Yasuyo Sawaki (Waseda University, Japan)

Communication Officer: Yasuhiro Imao (Osaka University, Japan)

Member-at-Large: Yo In’nami (Chuo University, Japan)

Member-at-Large: Alan Urmston (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)



The AALA Student Committee publishes a biannual newsletter, In Conversation, in order to promote engagement of Student Members into the association’s activities. Since 2016, the Committee has published three issues, which are all available online at:


Current membership numbers (as of March 26, 2018):

348 Individual Members (261 Regular Members and 87 Student Members)

7 Institutional Members

Recent activities

The Fourth Annual International Conference of AALA was held in Taipei, Taiwan from June 21 to 23, 2017. Information about past AALA conferences can be found at:


Forthcoming conferences, events, and awards

(1) Annual Conference: The Fifth Annual International Conference of AALA: This year’s conference will be held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China from October 18 to 20, 2018 (Conference theme: Standards in Language Assessment). For future updates, please visit:

(2) Awards: All awards described below were established in 2016. For further information, see the AALA Awards menu of the Association’s website at:

AALA Conference Student Awards: Two merit-based awards, the AALA Best Student Paper Award and the AALA Best Student Poster Award, were established in 2016 to support the attendance of the winners at the AALA annual conference. All single-authored/individual paper and poster submissions for our annual conference by graduate students are automatically considered for these awards.

The AALA Outstanding Dissertation Award: This award aims to express AALA’s commitment to recognizing Asia-based outstanding doctoral dissertation research that makes a significant contribution to the field of language assessment. Further details about the 2018 awards will be announced shortly.



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