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LINGUIST List 17.3475

Fri Nov 24 2006

Calls: Applied Ling, Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics/Germany

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        1.    Una Dirks, Kant Revisited

Message 1: Kant Revisited
Date: 22-Nov-2006
From: Una Dirks <dirksuni-hildesheim.de>
Subject: Kant Revisited

Full Title: Kant Revisited: Testing

Date: 24-Aug-2008 - 29-Aug-2008
Location: Essen, Germany
Contact Person: Una Dirks
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Meeting URL: http://www.uni-hildesheim.de/~dirks/Texte/Dirks-AILA2008.pdf

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2007

Meeting Description:

'Immanuel Kant revisited: testing the output and outcomes of L1,2,n
reading/ writing/visual literacy and/or discourse competencies'

Conveners of the session:
Prof. Dr. Una Dirks (University of Hildesheim, Germany),
Prof. Dr. Erika Werlen (University of Applied Sciences Winterthur, Switzerland)
Contact: dirksuni-hildesheim.de or erika.werlenzhwin.ch

This symposion aims at the presentation of a wide array of assessment and
evaluation measures with regard to reading, writing and/or visual literacy
and discourse competencies in different institutionalised and
non-institutionalised domains (e.g. school, vocational training,
professional fields like business, journalism/media, any other
biographically relevant learning context) from a clear-cut educational

Nowadays, formative or summative assessment and evaluation have become
well-established measures to meet the demands of accountability in
education systems and in all kinds of professional fields. For example, the
PISA-Consortium has made great efforts to develop test concepts and items
on the background of a functional approach of education. However, this
approach and its operationalisation by specific proficiency scales and
levels could be improved or even substituted, if there were more elaborated
theoretical heuristics and empirical results at hand being committed to
testing the educational output and/or, if possible, the educational outcomes.
Researchers from text-, pragma- and sociolinguistics, as well as from
applied, cognitive or educational linguistics are invited to put their
empirically tested concepts to the fore (e.g. portfolio, semi-structural
interviews on learning biographies, assessment dialogues, oral proficiency
interviews, tests of second language pragmatics, Discourse Complementary
Tests, Information Gap Tasks in interaction, Cloze-tests, test constructs
on the basis of the Item Response Theory) and to discuss the achieved
competencies in terms of their educational impact to be identified as a
specific output or as somehow measurable outcomes. In this context, we
would appreciate a discussion on im-/possibilities of controling presage
and process variables that are supposed to have an impact on the learning
effects (output, outcomes). Speakers will have 20 minutes for presentation
and 10 minutes for discussion.


We invite proposals on all topics related to the meeting description.
Papers are particulary welcome, if they provide details on the knowledge
base of the output and outcomes in non-/ institutionalised learning
contexts, for example, bearing on subject-, discipline-, profession- and/or
gender-specific language-related knowledge features. Apart from that the
chosen genre formats of the applied test items should be taken into
account. An open question we would like to discuss with all participants of
our session refers to chances and constraints of testing, if we would not
conceive the target language as homogenised.

The AILA will only accept papers that include original research (e.g. the
new research focus on differing between output and outcomes) and have not
yet been published elsewhere.

Submissions format:

Proposals (max. 500-700 words) should be written in English or German and
forwarded to the conveners by email as doc or pdf files. The following
details should be included:

Name(s) of presenter(s), affiliation, email address(es),
the research question and competencies to be assessed/evaluated,
the data sample or corpus,
methods of data sampling and analysis,
methodology (e.g. criteria of good research like construct validity, which
model of competencies),
educational framework, if possible,
research results.

It is previewed to publish the accepted papers in a separate volume.
For presenters from overseas or other European countries we will try to
provide an extra funding.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact the conveners Prof. Dr.
Una Dirks (dirksuni-hildesheim.de) or Prof. Dr. Erika Werlen

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