LINGUIST List 31.2901

Fri Sep 25 2020

Calls: Applied Linguistics / Language Testing (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 22-Sep-2020
From: Xun Yan <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics / Language Testing (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Language Testing

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2020

Call for Abstracts

Special Issue of Language Testing, 2022
Local Tests, Local Contexts

Slobodanka Dimova, Xun Yan, and April Ginther

A special issue of Language Testing, which is to appear in 2022, will be dedicated to Local Tests, Local Contexts. This issue will focus on research related to local language testing practice that exists in the intermediate space between large-scale, international testing and classroom assessment. Local language tests display at least two of the following distinguishing features: 1) utilize local resources for test development and implementation, 2) include bottom-up adaptation of local standards and policies, 3) reflect the local context in task design, and 4) have local impact.

The range of contextual factors and unique assessment issues that the proposed articles address should largely fall under the following topics:
- Local assessment practices vs. global assessment traditions
- Localized impact and washback
- Curriculum-test congruence
- Placement, diagnosis, and exit testing
- Technology and accessibility
- Local policy
- Language assessment literacy
- Stakeholder involvement in test design

Abstracts for the proposed articles should describe previously empirically or conceptually based unpublished work that includes implications for language testing professionals. Please send a 1,000-word extended abstract to (cc and

The abstract should include the following:
- name, title, affiliation, and contact information of the author(s)
- title of the paper
- research questions
- methodology (participants, data collection, and data analysis)
- significance of the findings or contribution of the study to the field
- for each author, 50-word biographical statement

The deadline for submission of the extended abstracts is October 31, 2020.
Authors who are invited to submit full papers will be notified by November 15, 2020.

The deadline for submission of full papers for review is February 15, 2021.
Making research data and materials available to other researchers enhances collaboration, strengthens research quality, provides research transparency, and allows for replication. Therefore, you are encouraged to take advantage of sharing your research data and materials through the Open Science platform provided by Language Testing.

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