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Collaboration and Outreach Award
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PURPOSE:
ILTA aims to promote collaboration between language testers and other audiences—teachers, test takers, educational administrators, policy makers, etc.—to the benefit of all parties. One way of carrying out this mission is to encourage workshops and meetings with these stakeholders to share expertise and further knowledge relevant to language testing and assessment practice

ILTA's grant funding is not intended to support meetings between language testing professionals, but instead focuses on supporting opportunities to share knowledge among a wider audience in different parts of the world—especially in places where such conversations have been largely absent. One example of an activity covered by the grant would be the organization of workshops or meetings to promote understanding, familiarity, and knowledge of language testing issues and practice among various groups of test users. In some cases, the award will be used as 'seed' money to organise a workshop or meeting with a view to establishing a permanent local organisation that will conduct further practical activities in language testing and assessment in the future.

In addition to providing workshops and establishing new organisations, other activities covered by the mandate of the grant include the development of materials, or meetings with stakeholders from beyond the field of language testing (i.e., experts in the specific domains for which assessments are developed). Ideally, proposed activities will be mutually beneficial, intended to develop the language assessment literacy of all parties. One example would be to support collaboration between higher education admissions officers and language assessment specialists, preparing materials on the appropriate and inappropriate uses of language tests for admissions (for the institutions) and on the role of language tests in the overall admissions decision-making process (for language testers).

AWARD:
Grant funding of up to US$3,000 for carrying out an approved activity.

CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSION:
Those eligible to apply are individual language testers, teachers and others representing various types of institutions such as universities, research institutes, schools and testing organisations. Applicants must be ILTA members or, in the case of joint applications, at least one applicant must be an ILTA member. (In cases of extreme financial hardship, the membership costs for ILTA may be included as part of the proposal, but a justification is needed in such a case).  

Deadline:  May 15 (no late submissions will be accepted).  The 2019 Call for Proposals is now closed. 

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