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LINGUIST List 25.1796

Sat Apr 19 2014

Summer Schools: The Language Testing Institute / Modena, Italy

Editor for this issue: Malgorzata Cavar <gosialinguistlist.org>

Date: 19-Apr-2014
From: Silvia Cacchiani <silvia.cacchianiunimore.it>
Subject: The Language Testing Institute / Modena, Italy
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The Language Testing Institute

Host Institution: Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Coordinating Institution: Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Website: http://assessment.cla.unimo.it/index.php/en/summer-school

Dates: 09-Jun-2014 - 12-Jun-2014
Location: Modena, Italy

Focus: The Language Assessment Institute organizes four-day courses offering hands-on experience in the assessment of language learning in higher education settings. The courses are team taught by world renowned experts in the field in small, seminar and workshop settings.

Minimum Education Level: No Minimum

Reading materials are provided well before courses so as to allow participants to reap the greatest benefit from the work in class. The following courses are offered:
1. Basic Principles in Language Testing and Assessment (A. Kunnan - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore);
2. A learning-oriented Approach to Classroom-Based Assessment (James Purpura - Columbia University, New York; Carolyn Turner - McGill University, Montreal);
3. An Introduction to Performance Assessment (Kirby Grabowski - Columbia University, New York).
Courses are held in English.

Course(s) Offered:

Basic Principles in Language Testing and Assessment
This course explores theoretical and practical issues related to the field of language testing, focusing on the basic principles of test design, development, and the scoring/coding of different types of data. It also provides training for the basic analysis of test data using SPSS, a commonly used statistical program. The analyses will include basic descriptive statistics, item analysis, and the analysis of reliability and validity.

A Learning-Oriented Approach to Classroom-Based Assessment
The course takes a learning-oriented approach to language assessment (Purpura & Turner, Forthcoming) in classroom contexts. The course will explore:
1. the role that planned and unplanned assessments play in learning a second or foreign language in classroom settings,
and the effect assessment has on furthering learning processes and achieving successful learning outcomes;
2. how learning can be embedded in assessments;
3. the role that assessment plays in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning).

An Introduction to Performance Assessment
This course introduces participants to the analysis of performance assessment by means of a particular version of item-response theory, called Many-Facet Rasch Measurement, where they can examine simultaneously the many sources of variance in a performance task (e.g., examinee ability, task difficulty, rater severity). In addition to reviewing the principles of Rasch measurement, the course will take a hands-on approach to the analysis of performance tasks using FACETS.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Languages: English

Tuition: 350.00-450.00 EUR

Tuition Explanation:
Regular: 450EUR; Sponsored members: 400EUR; PhD Students: 350EUR.
Fees include registration (grants available) and materials.
Deadline for registration: June 1, 2014.

Financial Aid: Applications accepted until 01-Jun-2014
Grants are available.

Financial Aid Instructions:
For information on financial aid please visit our website or contact us at testing.modenaunimore.it.

Registration: 01-Apr-2014 to 01-Jun-2014

Contact Person: Chiara Nicolau
Phone: 3905920547009
Fax: 390592057007
Email: testing.modenaunimore.it

Apply on the web: http://assessment.cla.unimo.it/index.php/en/summer-school/registration

Registration Instructions:
For information on registration please send an email to
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