Iowa State University
Department of English


MwALT & TSLL 2011:

Midwest Association of Language Testers and Technology for Second Language Learning Conference

Conference Program

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Sessions will take place in the Gallery and the Pioneer Room at the Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus.

 Friday, September 16, 2011
11:00am - 11:30am Registration (Gallery Room)
11:30am - 1:00pm TSLL Innovators’ Poster Session with refreshments (light lunch) (Pinoneer Room)
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Automatic Evaluation of Writing (Gallery Room)

Volker Hegelheimer, Ahmet Dursun, Zhi Li, Aysel Saricaoglu, & Hyejin Yang: The Use of Criterion as a Formative Assessment Tool in Second Language Writing Classrooms 

Kirk Hagen: Computer-assisted Writing Assessment: The Constraints of Accreditation and Remediation

Victor Santos, Marjolijn Verspoor, & John Nerbonne: How can machine learning help towards automated essay scoring?

2:30pm - 2:45pm Break (Gallery Room)
2:45pm - 3:45pm

Gallery Room

Plenary: Sara Weigle
Automated essay scoring in high stakes language testing 

3:45pm - 4:00pm Break (Gallery Room)
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Test Development (Gallery Room)

Joan Jamieson, Jacqueline Church, & John Laird: Issues Developing a Semi-adaptive English Placement Test

Sun Joo Chung: Development of a Web-based Placement Test for International Students

Erik Voss, Barbara Schwarte, Jarred Brinkmann, Jesse Patterson, & Kristi Ver Mulm: Confronting Development, Administration, and Technical Issues Involving Online Achievement Tests

5:45pm Reception and Dinner


 Saturday, September, 17, 2011
8:00am - 8:30am Registration
8:30am - 8:45am Welcome to MWALT & TSLL: Carol Chapelle (Gallery Room)
8:45am - 10:15am

Gallery Room

Colloquium: Investigating Innovative Assessment Tasks
(Lia Plakans)

Elena Cotos: How Can Automated Feedback Enhance the Qualities of Formative Assessment?

Cindra Visser: Considering the Use of Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM) with ELLs

Aurore Mroz: L2 Negotiation of Meaning in a Problem-based Virtual Learning Environment: A Mixed Methods Study

10:15am - 10:30am Break (Pioneer Room);  Poster Setup (Sun Room)
10:30am - 11:30am

Gallery Room

Paula Winke: Formative, Oral Assessments for Improving Self-regulation in the L2 Classroom

Yujie Jia: Investigating the Relationship between Self-assessment and Oral Test Performance 

Pioneer Room

Chih-Kai (Cary) Lin: Examining the Association Between Content Standards and Academic English Language Proficiency Standards 

Anu Virkkunen-Fullenwider: Task-based LSP Testing in Universities

11:45am - 12:15pm

Sun Room

Poster introductions

12:15pm - 1:00pm Discussion with Poster Presenters (Sun Room)
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch and Poster time (Sun Room)
2:00pm - 3:30ppm

Gallery Room

Elena Cotos, Jing Xu, & Hye-won Lee: Revising an Oral Proficiency Interview Test for ITAs

Xiaoming Xi & Yoo-Ree Chung: Developing Grammar and Vocabulary Usage Features to Enhance an Automated Speech Scoring System

Huei-Lien Hsu: The Impact of World Englishes on Language Assessment: Rater Perception Scale

Pioneer Room

Jesse Gleason: Mixed-Methods and Systemic Functional Grammar: Different Approaches to Evaluating Automated Oral Assessment

Cristina Pardo-Ballester: Using Video in Web-based Listening Tasks

Elana Spector-Cohen, Miriam Schcolnik, & Sara Kol: Reading Comprehension Tests on Screen: An Option?s

3:30pm - 3:45pm Break (Gallery Room)
3:45pm - 4:45pm

Gallery Room

Plenary: Margaret Malone
Innovative language tests: What the test-takers say

4:45pm - 5:15pm Awards and Business Meeting
6:00pm Reception and Dinner

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Posters for TSLL Innovators’ Session:   Posters on the use of technology for second language learning and assessment.   (11:30am -1:00pm, Friday, Sept. 16—No introductory comments; light, stand-up, walk around lunch available)

    • Eric Bodin, iPhone/iPod Touch Multimedia Flashcard Application for Pronunciation Practice  [Video Preview]
    • Elena Cotos, Sarah Huffman, Stephanie Link, & Todd Paden, SFL and Genre Analysis for Formative Assessment Technology  [Video Preview]
    • Helen Heaney, An Eco-friendly Reading Test at 800 wpm  [Video Preview]
    • Moonyoung Park, A Task-based Needs Analysis for Mobile-assisted Language Learning
    • Jim Ranalli, Motivated Learning of L2 Vocabulary Depth-of-Knowledge Features: Self-regulation, appraisal, and self-assessment  [Video Preview]

MwALT Posters:   Before lunch on Saturday (11:45am - 12:15pm)—with 3-minute introductions by presenters  (Posters to be set up in Sun Room during the mid-morning break (10:15am - 10:30am))

    • Mark Chapman, Development of a New Trait in Second language Writing Assessment
    • Ahmet Dursun, Assessing the Second Language Ability of Young Learners: Turkish English Teachers’ Assessment Purposes and Practices
    • Stéphanie Gaillard, Yeon-Sook Yi, & Annie Tremblay, Implementing an Elicited Imitation Task as a Component of a Language Placement Test in French at the University Level
    • Heesung Grace Jun, A Web-search-permitted Integrated ESL Writing Test: Processes, Products, and Perceptions
    • Jia-Ying Lee, Reading Strategies for Multiple-choice Questions- Familiar vs. Unfamiliar Topics
    • Ruslan Suvorov, Interacting with Visuals in L2 Listening Tests: Eye Tracking Study
    • Yeon-Sook Yi & Stephanie Gaillard, Implementing Cognitive Diagnostic Assessment in an Institutional Test Through Collaboration of Language Testers: A New Networking Model in Language Testing

For further information about the conferences, contact Carol A. Chapelle (

Information about previous TSLL conferences can be found at

Note: Participants will have guest access to the ISU wireless network.

Early registration ends Sept. 1, 2011. Download and send in your registration form.

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