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Call for Abstracts: AALA 2018 Conference
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When: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Where: Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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Call for Abstracts:  The 5th Annual International AALA Conference
October 18-20, 2018, Shanghai, China
Theme: Standards in Language Assessment

Call for Abstracts
Deadline for Submissions: March 31, 2018

We are now inviting proposals for the 5th Annual Conference of the Asian Association for Language Assessment (AALA), Shanghai, October 18-20, 2018 from researchers, teachers, students and professional assessment agencies.

Conference Dates: October 18-20, 2018
Pre-Conference Workshop: October 18, 2018
Conference: October 19-20, 2018

Location: Shanghai, China

Host: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Associate host: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press
Conference Chairs:
David Qian
Jessica Wu
Local Chair:
Yan Jin

Theme: Standards in Language Assessment

We welcome proposals that are related to the main conference theme and cover one or more of the following sub-themes:

1. Principles and methodology of developing standards for language assessment
2. Standards in developing language assessments (such as classroom and large-scale language assessments; teacher-developed and professional-staff developed language assessments)
3. Standards in validating language assessments (such as construct validation, consequential research, alignment studies, etc.).

Presentation Formats

AALA 2018 invites proposals for the presentation categories listed below:

Paper presentation
• Paper presentations are 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for Q&A.
• Research papers are invited that address theoretically oriented work or empirical research on language assessment.

Poster presentation
• Contributors can be either independent researchers, students, faculty members or professionals from assessment agencies.
• Posters will be displayed during timetabled sessions and presenters should be available for discussion of their work at that time.

An individual participant may be a first author on only one proposal. However, that individual may be a co-author/presenter on another proposal.

Submission of Abstracts

Please log in the conference website after January 25, 2018 to submit your abstract. The website for online submissions will request the following information:

• Sub-theme
• Preferred presentation format
• Title: max. 20 words
• Abstract: max. 400 words, clearly highlighting the relevance and quality of your research
• Presenter details: including name(s), affiliation(s), country(ies), and email address(es)

Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2018
Notification of acceptance: April 28, 2018

Information on AALA Student Awards

The AALA Best Student Paper Award and AALA Best Student Poster Award are merit-based awards that support the attendance of two graduate students at an AALA annual conference. All single-authored/individual student submissions will be automatically considered for the awards. To qualify for the student awards, contributors must be graduate students currently enrolled in a university Master’s or doctoral program in applied linguistics or a related field. A letter of matriculation/active student status must be shown upon request.

Winners MUST present their works at the AALA annual conference to receive the awards. Winners for the Best Student Paper Award and Best Student Poster Award will each receive a certificate, have their conference and pre-conference workshop registration fees waived, and be invited to the banquet.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals for individual papers and posters will be evaluated by a team of reviewers. The reviewers’ decision is final. The evaluation criteria include:

• Significance of the research topic/Contribution to the field
• Relevance to conference theme
• Rigor of study (e.g., rationale for the research, contextualization within the literature, design of research question(s), choice and use of methodology, interpretation and conclusion, etc.)

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