MwALT 2016 rehearsal presentations

Hi all!

For the upcoming  MwALT 2016 conference, we will have two rehearsal presentations in our lab meeting on Friday, September 23rd!

It’ll be at BH 016  from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.  Please mark your calendar! Jean and Claire will rehearse their poster presentation.

Senyung will give her rehearsal presentation at SLS colloquium on Friday, September 16th.

GURT 2016 at Georgetown University


We are at Georgetown university now in Washington DC for the GURT conference! (Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics)

The theme of the conference is “Useful assessment and evaluation in language education.” Suchada presented her paper ”
A Study of IELTS Washback on an English Immersion Program in Thailand” and Ryan presented his paper “Evaluating the Accuracy of Learning-oriented Assessments: The Case for Using Signal Detection Theory.”

MwALT 2015 at the University of Iowa

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Current IU SLS students and alumni got together at MwALT at the University of Iowa!

Ryan presented his paper on “Developing Item Specifications for an Integrated Writing Achievement Test: Examining Prompt-Response Relationships over Time,” and Senyung presented her poster on “ESL Learners’ Strategies for Marking Footing in Prompt-based Argumentative Writing.”

First LAL meeting!

Hi all! Our first LAL meeting this semester will be at MM 317 on Friday, Sep. 25 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm (if there is our dept. colloquium on the same day, we’ll be meeting from 11am to 12:30pm).

On the first LAL meeting, Ryan (Developing Item Specifications for an Integrated Writing Achievement Test: Examining Prompt-Response Relationships over Time) and Senyung (Footing in prompt-based argumentative writing) will talk about their upcoming MwALT presentations.

We’ll also talk about the first chapter (Inference) of Fulcher (2015) – So, please buy this book and read the chap. 1 before you come to the meeting.

Our LAL meeting times this semester are as follows:

  1. 9/25 – 11:00am to 12:30pm or 2:30-4:00pm
  2. 10/23 – 11:00am to 12:30pm or 2:30-4:00pm
  3. 11/6 – 11:00am to 12:30pm or 2:30-3:30pm
  4. 11/20 – 1pm to 2:30pm
  5. 12/4 – 1pm to 2:30pm


Welcome back! A new semester has just begun, and we are delighted to have new students in the lab. Jaesu Choi and Suchada Sanonguthai joined us as PhD students and Yena Park as a M.A. student! We are also starting the IEPE revision project. In addition, Ryan and Senyung are preparing for their presentations for MwALT (Midwest Association of Language Testers)  on October 3rd.