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The 21st Annual Conference of the Japan Language Testing Association

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September 9, 2017 (Saturday): Workshop
September 10, 2017 (Sunday): Keynote speech, symposium, and paper presentations
Venue: University of Aizu (Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Pref. 965-8580, Japan,  http://www.u-aizu.ac.jp/en/access/)
Keynote speaker: John M. NORRIS (Educational Testing Service)

 

Call for Papers

[Call for Papers JLTA2017]

The Japan Language Testing Association (JLTA) invites presentation proposals for its annual conference. We look forward to receiving your proposals related to the conference theme, and to language testing and assessment in general.

At this year’s conference, the keynote speech and the symposium will be presented in English. We are also expecting presenters from our partner association, Korea English Language Testing Association (KELTA). We welcome proposals for presentations to be given in English.

Presenters will each have 20 minutes to present their research papers or assessment practices followed by 10-minute discussion. Note that each participant can present multiple times, but only once as the first presenter.

Conference website: http://jlta2016.sakura.ne.jp/?page_id=18

Dates: Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, 2017

Day 1 (September 9): Workshop
Time: 14:30 to 16:40 (with a 10-minute break)
Venue: University of Aizu, Lecture Hall (Room 203, M3)
Title: Analysis of free responses of a survey with text mining
Lecturers: Toshihide O’KI (Hakuoh University)
Language of instruction: Japanese
Attendance Fee: 1,000 yen
Capacity: 100 participants

Day 2 (September 10): Keynote speech, symposium, paper and practice presentations
<Venue>
University of Aizu
90 Kamiiawase, Ikkimachi Tsuruga, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, 965-8580
http://www.u-aizu.ac.jp/en/
<Conference theme>
Aligning task-based assessment to curriculum objectives

<Keynote Speech>
Speaker: Dr. John NORRIS (Principal Research Scientist, Educational Testing Service [ETS])
Title: Task-based language assessment: Aligning designs with intended uses and consequences (tentative)

<Symposium>
Theme: Issues related to task-based teaching and assessment (tentative)
Coordinator: Dr. Takanori SATO (Sophia University)
Panelist 1: Dr. Claudia KUNSCHAK (Ritsumeikan University)
Panelist 2: Dr. Moonyoung PARK (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
<Attendance Fee>
Student, JLTA Member, JALT TEVAL SIG Member: 1,000 yen
Non-JLTA member: 3,000 yen
This year’s conference will be co-sponsored by the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) Testing and Evaluation Special Interest Group (TEVAL SIG: http://teval.jalt.org/). Members of JALT TEVAL SIG benefit from discounted conference registration fees for the JLTA annual conference.

<Submission Overview>
Research presentation
Research related to language testing and assessment that clearly states the purpose of the research, methodology, analysis, and interpretation of the results

Assessment practice presentation
Report on assessment practices including language tests, language program/curriculum evaluation, and assessment for teacher development, etc.

Presenters of both types of presentations will each have 20 minutes to present their research papers or assessment practices followed by 10-minute discussion.

Submission period: from April 29, 2017 to June 11, 2017

Those wishing to present research papers or assessment practices should send the information listed below by e-mail to kaneko[at]u-aizu.ac.jp (replace [at] with an at sign). The subject line of the e-mail should read “JLTA 2017 Submission_First Presenter Name” (e.g., “JLTA 2017 Submission_Richard_DAVIDSON”).

Please include the following information:
1) Type of presentation (research paper or assessment practice)
2) Presentation title
3) Names and affiliations of all presenters: The name should be given in English, in the
order of first name followed by surname (e.g., Richard_DAVIDSON).
4) A 400-word (or 800-Japanese-character) abstract
Please include the purpose of the research, methodology, analysis, and interpretation of the results for a research paper, and include the purpose and content of the practice, and the results for an assessment practice report.
5) Name of contact person and his/her e-mail address

*If the presenters wish to use a projector, they should follow the procedures listed below:
(a) Presenters should bring a PC. There will be an audio terminal connector (for PC connection through a stereo mini plug) and a D-sub 15-pin cable (for audio) in the presentation room. Mac users should bring their own Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter;
(b) Presenters must take responsibility for connecting their PC to the projector;
(c) Presenters should bring handouts as an alternative in case of technical failure.

Presenters may be either a) JLTA or JALT TEVAL SIG members or b) non-members who will pay a 3,000 yen presentation fee (in addition to the attendance fees) by a designated date. This rule applies to all presenters on the program. It is possible for presenters to obtain JLTA membership after their presentation has been accepted. For further details, please contact the JLTA Secretariat.

<Notes>
 All information should be included in the body of the e-mail, and no files should be sent as attachments.
 Confirmation of submission will be sent within seven days after the submission. If applicants do not receive a confirmation email within seven days, they are requested to send an inquiry to the JLTA Secretariat.
 Participants can present multiple times, but only once as the first presenter.
 Notification of selection will be sent via e-mail to the first presenter.
Notification of selection: (no later than) July 15, 2017

<Advertisements (Exhibitions included)>
Application period: from April 29, 2017 to July 15, 2017
Due to space limitations, limited to seven exhibitors (to be selected on a first-come, first-served basis)
JLTA Members  Non-Members
Advertisement (half page of A4-size paper; Exhibition of one long table included) 7,500 yen 15,000 yen
Advertisement (one page of A4-size paper; Exhibition of one long table included) 10,000 yen 20,000 yen
Size of the table: 60 centimeters by 180 centimeters
For further information on advertisements and exhibitions, please contact the JLTA
Secretariat (Rie KOIZUMI): E-mail: rie-koizumi@mwa.biglobe.ne.jp

 

 

The 20th Japan Language Testing Association Anniversary Conference (JLTA 2016):

Program: Full version

Call for Papers (Deadline: June 14)
Theme: Between Validity and Practicality of University Entrance Exams Based on Communication Skills: The Possibility of Reform

The Japan Language Testing Association (JLTA) invites presentation proposals for its 20th anniversary conference. We look forward to receiving your proposals related to the conference theme, and to language testing and assessment in general.

This year’s conference will be co-sponsored by the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) Testing and Evaluation Special Interest Group (TEVAL SIG: http://teval.jalt.org/). Members of JALT TEVAL SIG can participate in and present at the conference in a similar manner as JLTA members can.

At this year’s conference, the keynote speech and the symposium will be presented in English. We are also expecting presenters from our partner association, Korea English Language Testing Association (KELTA). We welcome proposals for presentations to be given in English.

Presenters will each have 20 minutes to present their papers; this will be followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Note that each participant can present multiple times, but only once as the paper’s first presenter.

Dates: September 17, 2016 (Saturday) to September 18, 2016 (Sunday; Main conference with a keynote speech, a symposium, and paper presentations)
Venue: Tokai University, Shonan Campus
(4-1-1 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa 259-1292)
http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/english/access.html#Anc_Shonan

Attendance Fee: Student, JLTA Member, JALT TEVAL SIG Member: 1,000 yen
Non-JLTA-member: 3,000 yen
Period of submission for presentation proposals: May 7, 2016 to June 14, 2016
Conference website: http://jlta2016.sakura.ne.jp/

Day 1: Workshop
Workshop 1. Introduction to effect size: Basic concepts and practices (Conducted in Japanese)

Lecturer: Yusuke HASEGAWA (Joetsu University of Education),
Shuichi TAKAKI (Fukushima University)
Chair: Yuichiro YOKOUCHI (Hirosaki University)

Date: September 17, 2016 (Saturday), 10:00-13:15 (including break)
Venue: Tokai University, Shonan Campus (Building 12, Room 12-310)
Attendance Fee: 1,000 yen
Max Capacity: 48 (first-come, first-served basis)
Prerequisite: Elementary, junior high, or senior high school teachers, undergraduate or graduate students, or others who
are interested in the topic of this workshop and can use Microsoft Excel. No background knowledge on testing theories is required.

Aims
1. To familiarize yourselves with basic statistical concepts such as effect size and significant difference.
2. To understand more about effect size and other related statistical concepts.
3. To learn how to calculate effect sizes and other related statistical indices such as statistical power using Excel and other useful software.

Procedure
1. Lecture 1: Introduction
2. Lecture 2: Theory
3. Practice (Computers available at the venue)

How to register
1. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 9. (Note: If the workshop does not reach maximum capacity, the registration will be allowed on the day of the workshop.)
2. You can register through the JLTA Workshop Registration site (https://goo.gl/oz3NJf). The URL will be provided on the JLTA official website and Twitter (@JLTA_official).
3. Confirmation of registration will be sent within 24 hours. If you do not receive it, please contact the email address below.
4. As in the past, email registration is also available. In that case, please send the information below to Yuichiro Yokouchi (Hirosaki University) at u16yoko@gmail.com.

Let us know the following information and answer to questions when you register for the workshop:
(1) Your name, affiliation, and email address.
(2) Have you ever studied statistics? If so, describe what you learned.
(3) Have you used any software to analyze test data? If so, describe what you used (software, statistical methods, etc.).
(4) Questions to the lectures, if you have. (Optional)
(5) Request to this workshop, or JLTA workshops in general. (Optional)
Workshop 2. “How good is your test?—First step: Ministep” (Conducted in English)

Lecturer: Myles GROGAN (Kansai University)
Chair: Akiyo HIRAI (University of Tsukuba)

Date: September 17, 2016 (Saturday), 14:00-17:15 (including break)
Venue: Tokai University, Shonan Campus (Building 12, Room 12-310)
Attendance Fee: 1,000 yen
Max Capacity: 35 (first-come, first-served basis)
Prerequisite: A willingness to work with computers is helpful! We will be using Microsoft Excel, but basic level skills will suffice.
Some data sets will be provided, but participants may want to bring a small data set (up to 25 items and 75 participants) if they wish.

Aims
1. To understand how the Rasch model helps us interpret test data and improve tests, in broad, non-expert terms (i.e. non-mathematical!).
2. To get hands-on experience using of inputting and analyzing data from Rasch-based software, such as Winsteps.

Procedure
1. Introduction 1: Outline of the day, followed by a first Rasch example – what Ministeps helps us understand our tests
2. Short lecture: The Rasch Model and how it works
3. Hands-on workshop 1 and 2: Control files (how to prepare data) and running data for the first time
4. Hands-on workshop 2: An overview of charts and tables, and how they help us with our test
5. Hands-on Workshop 3: A new data set– time to try your hand!
6. Lecture: Where to next?

How to register
1. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 9. (Note: If the workshop does not reach maximum capacity, the registration will be allowed on the day of the workshop.)
2. You can register through the JLTA Workshop Registration site (https://goo.gl/oz3NJf). The URL will be provided on the JLTA official website and Twitter (@JLTA_official).
3. Confirmation of registration will be sent within 24 hours. If you do not receive it, please contact the email address below.
4. As in the past, email registration is also available. In that case, please send the information below to Yuichiro Yokouchi (Hirosaki University) at u16yoko@gmail.com

Let us know the following information when you register the workshop.
(1) Your name, affiliation, and email address.
(2) What kind of tests do you usually use (classroom tests, coursebook test, placement tests)?
(3) What experience do you have of analyzing test results?
(4) Have you had any experience with Winsteps or similar Rasch/IRT tools? Please describe the experience if you have.
(5) Questions to the lectures, if you have. (Optional)
(6) Request to this workshop, or JLTA workshops in general. (Optional)

Note: Interested parties are welcome to participate in the workshop only (without paying the conference attendance fee). They can participate in both or either of the workshop. If they attend both, they will pay 2,000 yen. The workshop registration will be announced later.

Day 2: Keynote speech, symposium, paper presentation
Date/time: September 18, 2016 (Sunday)

Speaker: Gary OCKEY (Iowa State University)
Title: Some possible ways forward for including oral communication on Japanese university entrance exams (Tentative)
Title:Between Validity and Practicality of University Entrance Exams Based on Communication Skills: The Possibility of Reform
Coordinator: Naoyuki NAGANUMA (Tokai University)
Panelist: Takashi KATSURAGI (Rakuten Inc., Former Project Manager for English Education, Ministry of Education (MEXT)
Title: Reforming University Entrance Examinations of English: Background and Future Plans
Panelist: Hirohide MORI (Tokyo Women’s Christian University)
Title: Challenges for Implementing English-Communication-Skill Tests on Japanese University Entrance Exams: Stories So Far and Stories to Come (tentative)
Discussant: Gary OCKEY (Iowa State University)

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Period of submission: From May 7, 2016 to June 14, 2016 at midnight, Japan time
Presenters will each have 20 minutes to present their papers; this will be followed by 10 minutes for discussion.
Those wishing to present papers should send the information listed below by e-mail to Kei Miyazaki keimiyazaki67@gmail.com  The subject line of the e-mail should read “JLTA 2016 Submission_First Presenter Name” (e.g., “JLTA 2016 Submission_Richard_DAVIDSON”).

Note that each participant can present multiple times, but only once as the paper’s first presenter.
After the review process, notification of acceptance will be sent to the contact persons via e-mail.
Note that all information should be included in the text of the e-mail and no files should be sent as attachments.

JLTA will send applicants a letter of receipt via e-mail within 7 days of their submitting JLTA presentation proposals. In case a reply is not received from JLTA within 7 days, applicants are requested to send an inquiry to the JLTA Secretariat.

Please include the following information:
1) Presentation title
2) Names and affiliations of all presenters: The name should be given in English, in the order of first name followed by surname (e.g., Richard DAVIDSON).
3) A 400-word (or 800-Japanese-character) abstract
4) Name of contact person and his/her e-mail address
5) Any equipment required for the presentation (Please choose from the list below)
-No equipment required
-Projector (for computer)

*If the presenters wish to use a projector, they should follow the procedures listed below:
(a) Presenters should bring a PC. There will be an audio terminal connector (for PC connection through a stereo mini plug) and a D-sub 15-pin cable (for audio) in the presentation room. Mac users should bring their own Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter;
(b) Presenters must take responsibility for connecting their PC to the projector;
(c) Presenters should bring handouts as an alternative in case of technical failure.

Presenters may either be JLTA members, JALT TEVAL SIG members, or non-members. Non-members will be required to pay 3,000 yen (in addition to the Attendance Fees). This rule applies to all presenters on the program. The fee can be paid at the conference registration desk on the day of the conference. It is possible for presenters to obtain JLTA membership after their paper has been accepted. For further details, please contact the JLTA Secretariat.

Notifications regarding the acceptance or rejection of proposals will be sent no later than July 17, 2016 via e-mail.

(Deadline: July 17):
Price                JLTA Members  Non-Members
Advertisement (half page of A4-size paper) 2,500 yen 10,000 yen
Advertisement (one page of A4-size paper) 5,000 yen 20,000 yen
Exhibition (one long table) 10,000 yen 40,000 yen

For further information on advertisements and exhibitions, please contact the JLTA Secretariat
(Rie KOIZUMI): E-mail: rie-koizumi@mwa.biglobe.ne.jp