MwALT 2021 Conference Schedule

The 18th TSLL and 22nd MwALT Conference (2021)

Tentative Schedule

Please note that all times are in Central Daylight Time (CDT)

Friday, October 8th
Student Social Gatherings
Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4
5:00pm – 5:45pm Pictionary Surviving the First Year Staying Productive Recruiting and Data Collection
5:45pm – 6:20pm Gartic Phone Navigating Student Life as a Parent Feedback on Project Ideas Research Technology and Tools
6:30-6:35 pm Main Room Announcement of Upcoming Sessions
Paper sessions
6:40-7:10 pm Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
Developing a local academic English listening test using authentic unscripted audio-visual texts

Yena Park

Senyung Lee

Sun-Young Shin

How do linguistic characteristics affect the “listenability” of an audio? A machine learning approach

Alistair Van Moere

Jing Wei

Michael J. Fox

An English placement test of oral communication in times of COVID-19

Agustinus Prasetyo

Sondoss Elnegahy

Haeun Kim

Gary Ockey

7:15-7:45 pm Thinking outside the box: Challenges to maintaining construct representation in a synchronous online oral communication test of academic English

Ananda Muhammad

Jeanne Beck

Haeyun Jin

Gary Ockey

An automated grammar checker vs. human raters in evaluating EFL learners’ writing

Junhee Park


Exploring language teachers’ assessment practices and learners’ perceptions in online environments

Yunjung Nam


7:50-8:20 pm An innovative approach to assessing L2 learners’ oral communication skills in an ESP Context: A pilot study

Yasin Karatay

Argument structure and quality as validity evidence for integrated writing assessment

Ping-Lin Chuang


Technology-enhanced quality assurance in digital-first high-stakes language assessments

Manqian Liao

Yigal Attali

Alina von Davier

Saturday, October 9th
8:30-8:40 am Main Room Opening
Plenary session
8:40-9:40 am Main Room Technology and testing: The future is here (Whether we like it or not)

Elvis Wagner

Papers and Technology Demonstrations
9:45-10:15 am Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 (Tech Demos)
Visible nonunderstanding: Multimodal repair in online L2 speaking tests

Dylan Burton

Teaching assessment practices in an online EFL teacher training course

Renka Ohta

Michael Suhan

Jeremy Lee

Delivering English speaking assessment through a web-based rater platform

April Melody Tan

Elena Cotos

Lily Compton

10:15-11:05 am Coffee break
11:05-11:35 am External rating scale analysis for ESL writing placement test

Olexandra Kostenko

Mehrnoush Karimi

Sara Cushing


An investigation of the impact of jagged profile on L2 speaking test ratings: Evidence from rating and eye-tracking data

Wenyue Ma

Paula Winke

Utilizing Fligrid and Google Sites to provide teachers oral communication test practice options for K-12 students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jeanne Beck

11:40-12:10 pm A narrative synthesis of assessment research on languages other than English: Identifying unique assessment issues

Melissa A. Bowles

Xun Yan

Margaret Malone


The interaction between language proficiency profile and L1 background: Implications for language assessment literacy development in graduate admissions

Sharareh Taghizadeh Vahed

Pitch Noodle: A computer assisted pronunciation training application for intonation and pitch learning

April Melody Tan

12:10-1:15 pm Lunch
Faculty-led Social Sessions
Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4 Room 5
12:30pm – 12:45pm Elvis Wagner Xun Yan Carol Chapelle Lia Plakans
12:50pm – 1:05pm Paula Winke Sara Cushing Ruslan Suvorov Sun Young Shin Alistair Van Moere
Poster sessions
1:15-2:00 pm Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
The role of face coverings on native and nonnative raters’ perception of speech

Agata Guskaroska

Emily Dux Speltz

April Melody Tan

Erik Goodale

Sebnem Kurt

Principles of transforming tests for at-home options: Logistics, ethics, and equity

Margaret Malone

Camelot Marshall

Reuben Vyn

Developing an educator-friendly assessment use argument to enhance educators’ language assessment literacy

Ahyoung Alicia Kim

Shireen Baghestani

David MacGregor

Pauline Ho

Room 4 Room 5 Room 6
Using eye-tracking technology to validate reading tests: The opportunities and the obstacles

Nicola Latimer

Exploring the underlying constructs of L2 lexical collocation knowledge

Senyung Lee

Using discourse-based analysis to examine evaluation inference in an integrated listen and speak test

Leyla Karatay

Room 7 Room 8 Room 9
Vocabulary profiling of Polish “Matura”: Corpus-based inquiry into content validity for high-stakes central European state ESL examination

Daniil M. Ozernyi

Identifying assessment literacy competencies for parents of English learners: An exploratory case study approach

Monique Yoder

Papers and Technology Demonstrations
2:05-2:35 pm Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 (Tech Demo)
Gazing into cognition: Eye behavior in online L2 speaking tests

Dylan Burton


MwALT Best Paper Award 2021

The impact of question preview on notetaking in listening assessment

Rebecca Yeager

Zachary Meyer

Strategies for remote language testing: Lessons learned and practical insights

Rurik Tywoniw

Ping-Lin Chuang

Yuyun Lei

Huiying Cai

Seungho Jang

Xun Yan

Paper Sessions
2:40-3:10 pm Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
Strategic competence in OPI role-plays: What might linguistic laypeople be attending to?

Stephen O’Connell

Steven Ross

Do we take the meaning of “validity” for granted? Examining how language testers communicate about validity in research articles

Haeun Kim

Roz Hirch

Shireen Baghestani

Haeyun Jin

Ananda Muhammad

Liberato Silva dos Santos

Yasin Karatay

Agustinus Prasetyo

Investigating item characteristics of elicited imitation for complexity, accuracy, and fluency: A random forest approach

Ji-young Shin

3:10-3:30 pm Break
Research in progress sessions
3:30-4:20 pm Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
Scenario-based language assessment: Developing a computer-based language assessment literacy test

Agustinus Prasetyo

AS-unit coding considerations for K-12 assessment settings: Rethinking guidelines for coding

Gordon Blaine West

Jason Kemp

Instructor perception of incorporating writing process data in learning-oriented assessment

Kate Challis

Emily Dux Spiltz

Room 4 Room 5 Room 6
Developing C-tests: Process and procedures for development and alignment to existing tests

Margaret Malone

Megan Montee

The use of TOEFL in admissions decisions: Stakeholder perceptions

Sara Cushing

Yunjung Nam

Yi Tan

Examinee’s perceptions of test environment through the lens of a pandemic

Sondoss Elnegahy

Shamini Shetye

Haley Copenhaver

Paper sessions
4:25-4:55 pm Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
What test-takers’ online response processes can tell us about C-test item writing

Monique Yoder

Methodological synthesis of research on visuals in L2 listening assessment

Ruslan Suvorov

Shanshan He

A conversation analysis of the turn taking features in discussion tasks in an oral English test

Jeanne Beck

Sondoss Elnegahy

5:00-5:30 pm This is a test! 10 checks on transparency in language testing research

Paula Winke

Balancing principles and practicality:  Remote delivery of an English placement test of writing

Jim Ranalli

Reza Neiriz

Shireen Baghestani

Examining the instructional influence on lexical diversity in written and spoken discourses

Marian Pan

Xun Yan

Richard C. Anderson

5:35-5:45 pm Main Room Closing