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ILTA Funded Awards


ILTA Collaboration and Outreach Award

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 Best Article Award

This award is given annually for the article that makes a significant contribution to the field of language testing. Nominations may include articles published in a refereed journal or book chapters. The recipient will receive an award of US$500.

ILTA Student Travel Award

Sponsored by ILTA, the ILTA Student Travel Award is intended to support graduate students in attending and presenting at LTRC. The recipient will receive an award of US$750 towards travel expenses for attending LTRC and an official recognition in the LTRC Conference Program. This award also includes a one-year complimentary membership to ILTA and may additionally include a waiver of the LTRC conference registration fee (to be determined by the LTRC Organizing Committee).

Robert Lado Memorial Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize the best paper presentation by a graduate student at the annual meeting of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA), the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC). The recipient will receive an award of US$500.

ILTA Advocacy/Public Engagement Award

The award, established in 2019, will honor individuals or groups who have made outstanding efforts in engaging the public in language assessment issues or policies. The award will be presented at LTRC. 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.

ILTA Co-funded Awards

Cambridge/ILTA Distinguished Achievement Award

ILTA, with sponsorship from Cambridge Assessment English periodically invites nominations for the Cambridge/ILTA Distinguished Achievement Award. Its purpose is to acknowledge distinguished service and/or scholarship in the field of language testing. An award of ₤1,000 and a framed certificate/plaque, sponsored by Cambridge English Language Assessmentis, is given at the annual meeting of LTRC.

SAGE/ILTA Book Award

The SAGE/ILTA Award for Best Book on Language Testing was first announced in the July 2008 issue of the journal Language Testing. The award was to be offered every third year and books nominated for the award could be monographs or edited volumes. The award, which consists of a plaque and US$600 dollars, is presented at LTRC.

Sponsored Lecture Awards

Samuel J. Messick Memorial Lecture Award

This award is given in honor of the late Samuel J. Messick, a distinguished research scientist at Educational Testing Service.  This award identifies a presenter to deliver a major address at the joint annual meeting of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) and the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC). The presentation will be of great potential relevance to the improvement of foreign or second language testing practices.

Alan Davies Lecture Award

The award, sponsored by the British Council, celebrates the contribution of Alan Davies (1931-2015) to the field of language testing. The awardee is invited to give a keynote lecture at the annual Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) on a topic which highlights the importance of understandings about language and applied linguistics for our field. The awardee receives an honorarium of GBP1,000.

Other Language Testing/Assessment Awards

Language Testing Reviewer of the Year Award

The Language Testing Reviewer of the Year Award was first announced at LTRC in 2019. The award is offered every year by the editors of Language Testing to an outstanding reviewer who, in the year prior, demonstrated thoughtfulness and consistency while providing meaningful, informative, and helpful comments to prospective authors of manuscripts under consideration for publishing in Language Testing. The award, which consists of a plaque, is presented at LTRC. If the recipient is not attending LTRC, the award is announced at LTRC, and then presented within the calendar year at a regional testing conference that the recipient is attending, or it is mailed to the recipient.

ILTA is seeking donations to support the ILTA Awards Program. Your contribution will allow us to continue to support these important awards into the future and to fund them at appropriate levels. 

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