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LINGUIST List 17.3656

Mon Dec 11 2006

Calls: Applied Ling, Language Acquisition, Psycholing/Germany

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        1.    Una Dirks, Kant Revisited: Testing

Message 1: Kant Revisited: Testing
Date: 07-Dec-2006
From: Una Dirks <dirksuni-hildesheim.de>
Subject: Kant Revisited: Testing

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 >
Web Site: http://www.uni-hildesheim.de/~dirks/Texte/Dirks-AILA2008.pdf

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

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2008

Meeting Description:

AILA 2008, thematic strand 'Language Evaluation, Assessment and Testing'

Full title: Immanuel Kant revisited: testing the output and outcomes of L1,2,n reading/ written/visual literacy or discourse competencies.

This symposion aims at the presentation of a wide array of assessment and evaluation measures with regard to reading, written 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 perspective.

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).

For more information, particularly concerning the educational concept, please visit the following links:

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

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.

Submission 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 (erika.werlenzhwin.ch)

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