Reading Group

Every (other) Friday, LAL members and others interested in language assessment get together to discuss assessment articles of interest and present recent findings.

If you are interested in participating in the group, please email the  lab director, Dr. Sun-Young Shin (

Spring 2018 LAL Reading Group Schedule

Meeting place: BH 807

Meeting time: 1:20pm – 2:20pm on Fridays (or 2:30pm on some Fridays when there is no SLS colloquium)

Discussion leading:

  • 01/19/18 – Yena Park: Duijm, K., Schoonen, R., & Hulstijn, J. H. (in press). Professional and non-professional raters’ responsiveness to fluency and accuracy in L2 speech: An experimental Approach. Language Testing. 1-27.
  • 01/26/18 – Amy Soto: Tigchelaar, M., Bowles, R. P., Winke, P., & Gass, S. (2017). Assessing the Validity of ACTFL Can‐Do Statements for Spoken Proficiency: A Rasch Analysis. Foreign Language Annals.
  • 02/02/18 – Senyung Lee: Cheng, J., & Matthews, J. (2018). The relationship between three measures of L2 vocabulary knowledge and L2 listening and reading. Language Testing35, 3-25.
  • 02/09/18 – Suchada Sanonguthai: Huang, H. T. D., Hung, S. T. A., & Plakans, L. (2018). Topical knowledge in L2 speaking assessment: Comparing independent and integrated speaking test tasks. Language Testing, 35, 27-49.
  • 02 16/18 – Jaesu Choi: Yalçın, Ş., & Spada, N. (2016). Language aptitude and grammatical difficulty: An EFL classroom-based study. Studies in Second Language Acquisition38, 239-263.
  • 02/23/18 – Dr. Shin: Kang, H. S., & Veitch, H. (2017). Mainstream Teacher Candidates’ Perspectives on ESL Writing: The Effects of Writer Identity and Rater Background. TESOL Quarterly51, 249-274.
  • 03/02/18 – Conference Practice Presentation(s):  Jean for AAAL, Dr. Shin, Senyung, and Yena for LARC
  • 03/30/18 – Kimberly Wan: Thompson, G. L., Cox, T. L., & Knapp, N. (2016). Comparing the OPI and the OPIc: The effect of test method on oral proficiency scores and student preference. Foreign Language Annals, 49, 75-92.
  • 04/06/18 – Jaehyun Ahn: Harding, L. (2014). Communicative language testing: Current issues and future research. Language Assessment Quarterly11, 186-197.
  • 04/20/18 – Bihua Chen: Zechner, K., Yoon, S. Y., Bhat, S., & Leong, C. W. (2017). Comparative evaluation of automated scoring of syntactic competence of non-native speakers. Computers in Human Behavior76, 672-682.