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Research

MELAB Linked to CEFR

April 3, 2017

The recently published Linking the Common European Framework of Reference and the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery summarizes the results of a multi-panel standard setting study that was conducted with panelists in the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK).

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An intern’s words: Deirdre Derrick

October 12, 2015

CaMLA’s internship program provides professional training and research opportunities for English language teaching and assessment professionals and graduate students. In 2015, CaMLA had two interns in the office. This is the first of two pieces we are posting about how our 2015 interns felt about their time at CaMLA. 

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Variability in the MELAB Speaking Task: Investigating Linguistic Characteristics of Test-Taker Performances in Relation to Rater Severity and Score

April 30, 2015

CaMLA Working Paper 2015-04, “Variability in the MELAB Speaking Task: Investigating Linguistic Characteristics of Test-Taker Performances in Relation to Rater Severity and Score,” is now available.

CaMLA Working Papers present the findings from research undertaken as part of the Spaan Research Grant Program and by CaMLA staff.

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Linguistic Features in MELAB Writing Task Performances

April 22, 2015

CaMLA Working Paper 2015-05, “Linguistic Features in MELAB Writing Task Performances,” is now available. CaMLA Working Papers present the findings from research undertaken as part of the Spaan Research Grant Program and by CaMLA staff.

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The Characteristics of the Michigan English Test Reading Texts and Items and their Relationship to Item Difficulty

April 21, 2015

CaMLA Working Paper 2015-02, “The Characteristics of the Michigan English Test Reading Texts and Items and their Relationship to Item Difficulty,” is now available. CaMLA Working Papers present the findings from research undertaken as part of the Spaan Research Grant Program and by CaMLA staff.
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A Practical Guide to Investigating Score Reliability under a Generalizability Theory Framework

April 2, 2015

The first of the 2015 CaMLA Working Papers is now available. CaMLA Working Papers present the findings from research undertaken as part of the Spaan Research Grant Program and by CaMLA staff.
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Announcing the recipients of Spaan research grants for 2015

January 9, 2015

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Spaan research grants:

  • Ildiko Porter-Szucs, Cynthia Macknish, and Barry DeCicco: “The CaMLA speaking test: Face-to-face v. computer delivery”
  • Xun Yan and Shelley Staples: “Investigating lexico-grammatical complexity as construct validity evidence for the ECPE writing tasks: A multidimensional analysis”

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How does the computer-based CaMLA EPT compare to the paper-based version?

December 23, 2014

If you’ve been using the CaMLA English Placement Test, one of the questions you’ll probably ask before ordering the computer-based version (which comes out in 2015) is, “Will the computer-based CaMLA EPT be equivalent to the paper-based CaMLA EPT?”

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NCLEX Tech Brief reporting on MELAB standard-setting study now available

November 7, 2014

The National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has published its report on the MELAB standard setting study. The NCLEX Technical Brief describes the methodology and results of the standard setting study. It confirms the standard of a total passing score of 81 and a speaking score of 3 for the MELAB. Read More

CaMLA Working Papers 2014-01 and 2014-02

May 22, 2014

CaMLA Working Papers present the findings from research undertaken as part of the Spaan Research Grant Program and by CaMLA staff. The reports from the two most recent recipients of Spaan Research Grants are now available as CaMLA Working Papers. Read More