Provisional Programme:
Please note this programme is programme is provisional at this stage and may change until the day of the conference.

9:15-10:00 Arrival, registration and coffee
10:00-10:10 Welcome and Introduction by Prof Sonia Cunico and Christian Mossmann (conference organisers)
10:10-11:00 Keynote 1

Professor Barry O’Sullivan, Head of Assessment Research and Development, British Council, and President of the UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment (UKALTA)

Title tbc

11:00-12:00 Parallel Sessions 1 (2*2 papers)

·         Dr Michael Märlein, University of Applied Sciences Kempten: Diagnostic online assessment: Overcoming the limitations of traditional placement tests

·         Florence Gomez, Candice Francois, Chloe Laborde and José Carlos Tenreiro Prego, University of Exeter: Introducing computer-based placement tests at Exeter: reflecting on experience


·         Sonja Altmüller and Mandy Poetzsch, University of Sheffield: Make a virtue of necessity: Assessing Oral Skills through Video Presentations

·         Inga Owesen, King’s College London: Verbalizing Images – The Use of Cartoons to Trigger and Assess Oral Skills in a Partner Exam Situation

12:00-13:00 Lunch
13.15-14.15 Keynote 2

Professor Anthony Green, Professor in Language Assessment and Director of  the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA), University of Bedfordshire

Relating language assessments to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

14:15-15:15 Parallel Sessions 2 (2*2 papers)

·         Alison Fenner, University of Reading: Projects: skills development, acquisition of cultural knowledge and independent learning

·         Marilena Minoia, Sandra Reisenleutner and Sujing Xu, University of Nottingham: Making assessment innovative and student-centred: the integration of four skills in language exams


·         Dr Silvia Colaiacomo, Chartered Institute of Linguists: Defining proficiency: ensuring validity in translation and interpreting accreditations

·         Séadna O’Maoldomhnaigh, Télécom Ecole de Management: Case Study: Language Teaching Reforms in France’s Grandes Écoles

15:15-15:45 Coffee break


Parallel Sessions 3 (2*2 papers)

·         Cecilia Trevino, King’s College London: Developing a Blended Formative Assessment to support learning ownership and to identify students’ needs in a more effective way

·         Sofia Martinho, University of Leeds: Innovative digital approaches to assessment (for learning) of MFL oral skills


·         Bettina Hermoso-Gomez, University of Leeds: Students’  perception of peer assessment in written production

·         Dr Neil Hughes, University of Nottingham: Language learning and online discussion forums: To assess or not to assess that is the question!

16:45-17:15 Prof Sonia Cunico and Christian Mossmann, University of Exeter:
The European University Tandem Project (EUniTa) and its Assessment Components – Introduction and Discussion
17:15-17:30 Final remarks; close of conference at 17:30.