ICELDA’s test designs scrutinized at AAAL 2014
As part of a colloquium on Exploring Post-admission Language Assessments in Universities Internationally at the recent American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference in Portland, Oregon, ICELDA CEO Albert Weideman read a paper on “Construct refinement in tests of academic literacy”. Building on work done in collaboration with associates Anna Pot (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) and Rebecca Patterson (Stellenbosch), the paper, a draft of which is available here, dealt with how a critical examination of the constructs of our tests may stimulate further refinements in their design. The colloquium, with Tim McNamara (Melbourne) as discussant and John Read (University of Auckland) as coordinator, was well attended, and elicited positive and wide-ranging responses from participants. Other papers dealt with experiences with post-entry assessments of the ability to handle academic discourse in New Zealand, Canada, the US, and Oman.
Presenters: John Haggerty (British Columbia), John Read (Auckland), April Ginther (Purdue),
Thomas Roshe (Southern Cross), and Albert Weideman (ICELDA).