EALTA 2014 will have two keynote speakers and a round-table discussion on the conference theme.
We would like to welcome our two keynote speakers
Dr David Little, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland:
Learning, teaching, assessment: an exploration of their interdependence in the CEFR
David Little retired in 2008 as Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Head of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. His principal research interests are the theory and practice of learner autonomy in second language education, the exploitation of linguistic diversity in schools and classrooms, and the use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to support the design of second language curricula, teaching and assessment. Starting in 1998, he played a leading role in the development and implementation of the European Language Portfolio, and he remains a member of several Council of Europe expert groups.
Dr Dorry Kenyon, CAL Washington, USA
From Test Development to Test Use Consequences: What Roles does the CEFR Play in a Validity Argument?
Dorry M. Kenyon is CAL’s Vice President for Programs, with primary responsibility for preK-12 English language learner assessment and research. Active in research on language testing, Dr. Kenyon is particularly interested in the application of new technology to language assessment problems. Dr. Kenyon’s unique expertise lies at the intersection of applied linguistics, language teaching, language testing, and psychometrics. At CAL, Dr. Kenyon has had considerable experience in all aspects of designing, developing, validating, and operationalizing both English and foreign language assessments for language learners of all ages, preschool through adult. Dr. Kenyon also serves as senior advisor on a variety of assessment and research projects at CAL.
Please click here for Dorry's abstract.
On Sunday, we will have a round-table discussion on the conference theme: "CEFR - where are we now".
The discussion will be chaired by Dr Neus Figueras.
We would like to welcome our discussants Dr Brian North, Dr David Little, Dr Dorry Kenyon and Dr Claudia Harsch.