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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

ILTA is a thriving international organization with members from various countries around the world who have multiple interests within the field of language testing and assessment. Given the maturity of ILTA, the continued increase in the number of our members, and the diversity of interests within the field, it makes sense that individuals start to organize themselves into special interest communities. A Special Interest Group (SIG) allows ILTA members to discuss, investigate, and promote issues related to particular topics or areas of knowledge in the field. ILTA SIG members communicate, meet, and operate in ways consistent with ILTA Mission, ILTA’s Bylaws and related ILTA Policies and Procedures. 

Any group of ILTA members desiring to initiate a SIG may submit a proposal to the ILTA Executive Board via the ILTA President.

How to Join an ILTA SIG

ILTA membership is required in order to participate in the ILTA Special Interest Groups.  Members may join the groups by logging in to their account and:

  • select Manage Profile from the upper right corner
  • select Groups under the Community section
  • under Group Permissions, select SIGs
  • select the name of the Group you would like to join
  • you will be alerted that this is a private group; select Join Group


Language Assessment Literacy (LALSIG)

The Language Assessment Literacy Special Interest Group within ILTA (LALSIG) was established in April of 2019, with the following mandate:

  • To expand the constituency of ILTA to include a broader range of assessment stakeholders;
  • To encourage partnerships and information sharing between language assessment specialists and language teachers, test score users, and other language assessment stakeholders—to the mutual benefit and LAL development of all parties.
  • To promote communication among researchers working in the area of LAL, cultivating the development of international research partnerships.

Operating procedures for the SIG are currently being finalised by the Interim leadership team, including the process for the election of SIG leadership in 2020.
Interim Chair: Beverly Baker (University of Ottawa):
Interim Associate Chairs: Susan Sheehan (University of Huddersfield):; Hossein Farhady (Yeditepe University, Instanbul):

Activities for this inaugural year are currently being organised and will be announced soon!

Aviation Testing

ILTA has long had a community of members interested in aviation testing. Candace Farris ( has been serving as Chair of this SIG.  Information and activities are currently being formulated.  Please check back soon for more information.

Language Assessment for Young Learners

The creation of the Language Assessment for Young Learners SIG (Young Learners SIG) was approved by the ILTA Board at the August 2019 Board Meeting.

The aim of this SIG is to build a community dedicated to promoting research and to sharing ideas and resources on language assessment of young learners. The mission of the Young Learners SIG includes:

  • To build a community focused on young learners’ language assessment in order to advance the field of language testing for young learners
  • To share expertise and information as to how to better assess young learners with the ultimate aim of supporting the teaching and learning for young learners’ language development
  • To connect within and among researchers and relevant stakeholders (e.g., test developers, educators, policy makers, and parents) in order to promote the best practices of language assessment for young learners in diverse contexts.

For more information, contact the Young Learners SIG officers or visit the SIG webpage.

Chair: Mikyung Kim Wolf (Educational Testing Service),
Associate Chairs:
Yuko Butler (University of Pennsylvania),;
Becky Huang (University of Texas, San Antonio),;
Constant Leung (King’s College London),

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