MwALT 2019

Building Pathways Between Language and Assessment

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October 4-5, 2019 (Friday - Saturday)

Indiana Memorial Union
Indiana University Bloomington

Welcome to the 21st annual conference of the Midwest Association of Language Testers. The Department of Second Language Studies at Indiana University is delighted to host the MwALT conference for the first time in Bloomington, Indiana.

MwALT has always been an active hub where researchers, graduate students, and professionals in all fields to engage in conversations about language assessment that contribute to new developments in language assessment. This year, we are on the cusp of Indiana University’s bicentennial anniversary. We invite you to join us for both momentous occasions in the historic Indiana Memorial Union building, where the conference will be housed.

Call for Papers

This year’s conference theme is Building Pathways Between Language and Assessment. We hope that this coming conference will provide a platform for us to think about the term “language assessment” and how language and assessment are connected. While we have seen advancements in the way we assess, it is nevertheless of paramount importance to think about the roots—what we are testing. We hope that this conference provides an opportunity for language testers to address the questions of what, why, how we are testing, and weave the answers together in a holistic manner whereby answers to one question inform answers to other questions. At MwALT 2019, we hope to revisit language in language assessment and strengthen the ties between second language acquisition and how to better assess it. We welcome your proposals on this theme, but we would of course welcome proposals on any topic related to language testing. Please see the Call for Papers document for further details.

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