Archive for July, 2013

Call for papers: Diversity, Plurilingualism and Their Impact on Language Testing and Assessment

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Date: 22-Nov-2013 – 23-Nov-2013

Location: Siena, Italy

Contact Person: Zeynep Urkun

Meeting Email:

Web Site:

 Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

 Call Deadline: 16-Aug-2013

 Meeting Description:

 Nowadays linguistic and cultural diversity are key features of the global world. Furthermore, easier and increasing mobility and easier international and intra-national communication affect language uses that are more and more diverse and multi/plurilingual. But, what has been the impact of this on language testing? In what ways can multi/plurilingualism be taken in consideration in language testing. Should the emergent nature of social interaction in ethnolinguistically diverse educational and other settings be reflected in the notion of communicative competence(s) that underpins construct validity. Which are the implications for potential mis-recognition or under-recognition of ‘competence’ in actual communication in a rapidly changing communication and language landscape?

The aim of this conference is to look at how professionals in the field have addressed these issues, and to exchange ideas on how different constituencies can cooperate in order to improve testing and assessment practice(s).

Plenary speakers will be: Professor John de Jong, (VU University Amsterdam/Pearson), Dr Nick Saville, (Cambridge English Language Assessments, UK), Dr Diane Schmitt (Nottingham Trent University, UK) and Professor Elana Shohamy, Tel Aviv University, UK.

You can find more information on the venue and the event, as well as Call for Proposals and the Registration Form at the TEA SIG website at

You can register online using this link:

The sessions will be held at the University for Foreigners of Siena, conveniently located in front of the railway station, near the city centre. (

Siena can be easily reached by plane either from Florence Airport or Pisa airport, as well as by train from many locations in Italy and Europe.

We are also happy to announce that the following hotels are offering discounts to our delegates:

Hotel Italia   55 DUS/   65 DUS including breakfast: Hotel Minerva   55 DUS including breakfast: Hotel NH Excelsior   105 DUS;   120 Twin room:

Please contact the hotels individually to make and pay for your accommodation booking and specify you are a participant to the TEA-SIG Conference.

Call for Papers:

The conference aims to address the impact of diversity and multi/plurilingualism in language testing.

We invite proposals covering the themes of:

  Language competence(s) in mobility

- Multilingual testing

- Assessing intercultural competence

- Assessing English as lingua franca

- Language assessment for social integration for migrants

The deadline for proposals is August 16, 2013. The Speaker Proposal form can be downloaded from

Submit your conference paper to Spil Plus

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The guest editors of the special issue of SPIL PLUS, Kate Huddlestone and Ilse Feinauer, would like to remind you that papers accepted for presentation at the LSSA / SAALA / SAALT Joint Annual Conference will be considered for publication in a special edition of SPIL PLUS (a Department of Education-accredited open source journal published by the Department of General Linguistics, Stellenbosch University). In order to be considered for this opportunity, you are required to submit a full-length manuscript by 26 July 2013. Submitted papers will be subject to a rigorous peer review process. Please note the following important information:
Submission: 26 July 2013
Publication: December 2013
Languages: English or Afrikaans.
Papers in English: An abstract of 300 words must be provided.
Papers in Afrikaans: An abstract of 300 words in Afrikaans must be provided as well as an extended abstract of 1500 words in English.
Word limit: None
For more information on submission and for the style sheet visit the official website of the journal:
Papers can be submitted via email to or online at

Conference photos!

Monday, July 15th, 2013

See them at