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ILTA Advocacy/Public Engagement Award
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The award will offer recognition for an advocacy or public engagement initiative in which an individual or group has intervened in some way with a party or parties outside the academic language testing community (e.g. government officials, educational administrators, regulatory authorities, testing agencies) to draw attention to an instance of inappropriate or less than optimum test use in a particular context. The aim of such an intervention would be to mobilize stakeholder support for the improvement or modification of a language assessment policy or practice. The intervention/s could take the form of, for example:

a submission to /or appearance at a public enquiry into a policy relating to language test misuse /misrepresentation/underuse;
a review or consultancy undertaken with a particular government or non-government agency aimed at drawing attention to an inappropriate test use/test policy and working towards a solution;
an appearance as an expert witness in a legal case or other context relating to an unfair ,inappropriate or less than optimum use of a language test or tests;
a presentation/presentations (verbal, audio or video) in the local media or other public forum highlighting the need for a major change in a particular language testing practice or policy.
Such cases, which may differ according to context, are often part of the day-to-day work of language testers but tend not to be formally documented or recognized as a key component of professionalism in our field. ILTA’s aim is to recognize such work and build an inventory of cases, which could serve as models for other language testers to emulate.

The award will be offered once every TWO years. The winning applicant/s will receive a cash prize to the value of US$500, an LTRC banquet ticket, and a certificate in recognition of the work undertaken. The winner will also be invited to submit a report on the intervention for the ILTA Newsletter.

Applicants for the award should be ILTA members at the time of submission. For the first award, the intervention or relevant activity/ies would need to have occurred within the five years preceding the deadline for award submissions. For subsequent awards the intervention would need to have taken place within the two years prior to the deadline.

To be eligible for the award the initiator/leader of the intervention or delegate would need to prepare a report of up to 2,000 words describing:
a. the context and nature of the case in which the intervention occurred;
b. the rationale for intervening in the particular case;
c. the approach that was taken (including participants, steps undertaken and time frame) and the principles informing the approach;
d. the outcomes and impact of the intervention (to the extent that these can be gauged);
e. the lessons learned, including challenges encountered, which might be heeded in future cases.
The applicants may also wish to include links to relevant documentation (e.g. submissions, PowerPoint presentations, analyses) or add such documentation as an appendix to the report where relevant.

The award will be judged by a panel of 3 judges.

The panel will consider the following criteria in arriving at their decision:
Importance of the intervention for the context of concern;
Rigour and appropriateness of the approach taken;
Impact or likely impact of the intervention;
Value of the report as an instructive case study for others to follow.

The award will be announced to the ILTA membership and presented at the relevant LTRC banquet to the applicant or delegate. A complimentary banquet ticket will be provided to the awardee but other costs associated with the LTRC will not be covered.

2019/2020 TIMELINE:
Call for submissions :  October 25, 2019
Deadline for submissions February 15, 2020
Announcement of award:  February, 2020
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