On October 3, CaMLA staff met with colleagues at MwALT 2015, hosted this year by the University of Iowa. The Midwest Association of Language Testers annual conferences bring together researchers, test developers, students, teachers, and teacher educators from across the Midwest. The presentations, conversations, and community-building that occur at MwALT encourage participants to strengthen their work assessing language proficiency.
2015 CaMLA intern Deirdre Derrick offered both a paper and a poster focusing on different aspects of her efforts on the ECPE, and 2013 CaMLA intern Suthathip (Ploy) Thirakunkovit presented on work she is doing at Purdue University. Assessment Manager Stephen O’Connell, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, received the Best Student Presentation award for his discussion of Ontological Realism as a Validity Criterion for the Assessment of Strategic Competence.
CaMLA is committed to the mission of MwALT to build a strong community of language testing professionals and students that supports work in foreign and second language assessment, and to encourage graduate-student research and study in the larger field of second language assessment and evaluation. To that end, Assessment Director Natalie Nordby Chen was delighted to take on the role of MwALT president for the coming term.
Next year’s MwALT conference will be hosted by our colleagues at Purdue University, and we look forward to joining them there.