BAAL Testing & Evaluation SIG 31 March 2017 conference – programme announced

The full timetable is now available for the BAAL TEA SIG 2017 conference on the theme of ‘Innovations in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) assessment‘.

Friday 31 March 2017, 10:00 – 16:45

C126 (ground floor) Cottesbrook, Park Campus

University of Northampton, UK


9:55 – 10:00 Welcome & Introduction

10:00 – 10:30 Invited talk: Are you looking for what I’m looking for? Evidence-led writing criteria, assessment literacy and the teaching of writing

Daniel Waller (University of Central Lancashire)

10:30 – 11:00 Encouraging better preparation: a new Test of Academic Literacy for entry onto postgraduate EMI course

Jocelyn Wyburd & Karen Ottewell (University of Cambridge)

11:00– 11:20 Coffee Break / Group Photo

11:20 – 11:50 Long-term strategies? Test-taker reading behaviour in a university foundation programme

Richard Spiby (British Council)

11:50 – 12:20 An examination of British students’ knowledge of polysemous academic English vocabulary

Sophia Skoufaki (University of Essex) & Bojana Petric (University of London)

12:20 – 13:45 Lunch / Poster Session

13:45 – 14:15 Invited talk: Measuring the Effectiveness of EAP: What’s in our Toolkit?

Diane Schmidt (Nottingham Trent University)

14:15 – 14:45 Alternative ways of assessing listening and speaking skills on an in-sessional EAP course

Elizabeth Allen (University of Bristol)

14:45 – 15:15 The evolution of EAP assessment tasks towards critical application of learning and sustainable feedback

Maxine Gillway (University of Bristol)

15:15 – 15:35 Coffee Break

15:35 – 16:20 Panel Discussion on EAP Practice

Qian Zhang (University of Northampton)

Susie Cowley-Haselden (University of Northampton)

Chris Smith (University of Sheffield)

Diane Schmidt (Nottingham Trent University)

Daniel Waller (University of Central Lancashire)

16:20 – 16:50 Closing, then TEA SIG AGM

List of Poster Presentations (surnames in alphabetical order)

–    Ebtesam Abdulhaleem  (University of Warwick): Identifying misalignments in language proficiency using CFER scales in a context outside of Europe

–    Lizbeth Morales Berlanga (University of Southampton): Assessing speaking: The importance of proving validity in assessment case study in an EAP course

–    Majid Fatahipour (Islamic Azad University): Developing a mobile app to maximize benefit EAP vocabulary teaching

–    Helen Grinsell & Clare Albans (University of Newcastle): “Making it Real”: innovation in Year 1 EAP speaking assessment

–    Chris Smith (University of Sheffield): Listening-into-speaking seminars: design, implementation, problems and solutions

–    Qian Zhang (University of Northampton): Propose a Framework for EAP Programme Evaluation

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To register, please go to our Eventbrite page.

    Non-BAAL members £30.00

    BAAL members £25.00

    Full-time students £20.00

Registration fee includes lunch and refreshments on the day.

Please note that registration closes on Thursday the 16th of March 2017.