Singaporean academic discusses the ‘transferability’ of ICELDA’s test designs to other contexts
Dr Kooi Cheng Lee, until recently the deputy director of the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) at the prestigious National University of Singapore (NUS), recently came all the way to South Africa to report on her research on using ICELDA’s test designs in other settings. At the joint annual conference of the Southern African Applied Linguistics Association (SAALA), the Linguistics Society of South Africa (LSSA) and the South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT) in Bloemfontein in June, she spoke engagingly and with appreciation about how her experimentation with TALL as well as the further experimentation with an improved design for a similar kind of undergraduate test, had led to some encouraging results. This had contributed to strengthening their interventions at NUS.
Albert Weideman, ICELDA’s CEO, commented that he was heartened that TALL-like designs were receiving such attention elsewhere. “This is our second serious contribution to language testing in South-East Asia,” he said. The first was the successful experiment, two years ago, of Phoung Loan Le at the University of Danang, Vietnam.