Previous TEASIG events

TEASIG Conference and Online Events

TEASIG Online – June 22nd 2022

“A new frontier in online writing assessment” An IATEFL TEASIG recorded webinar presented by Hui-Ju Tsai. Recently, a large portion of testing and assessments was transferred to online format in EFL settings. We can observe the trend of implementing augmented writing platform and automated writing evaluation (AWE) in writing classrooms. It plays an integral part in supplementing teacher feedback in a timely manner and reinforces the learning process as well as alleviating teacher stress when assessing student work. This talk will focus on the effectiveness of applying an augmented writing platform and AWE as an instructional tool in class.

TEASIG Online – September 25th 2021

“Lessons learnt from online assessment practices under Covid-19” Live online sessions from guest presenters Lynda Taylor, Toni Mäkipää, Neil Bullock, Dina Tsagari, Asma Maaoui, Hanen Dammak, Emma Bruce and Heléna Stakounis, plus panel discussion and TEASIG updates. Recording now available for TEASIG members in the SIG area on the IATEFL website.

IATEFL 2021 Online – Pre-Conference Event – TEASIG and IPSEN SIG

Accessible Assessments? : Inclusive Practices in Language Testing and Assessment

  • How can we make assessments more accessible for everyone?
  • What are the alternative inclusive methods of assessment?
  • What are the current exam access arrangements and accommodations? How can they be applied and implemented?
  • What are some ways to improve the accessibility of assessments?
  • How can we prepare disabled and neurodiverse learners for assessments?

Download the speaker profiles and abstracts for the TEASIG and IPSEN SIG pre-conference event.

TEASIG at Pearson London,  November 1 & 2, 2018

“Technology for teachers in assessment – the immediate future” Plenary Speakers David Booth – Integrated skills testing and automated scoring – where are we going? Larry Davis & Veronica Timpe Laughlin – Assessing spoken interaction: How can technology help? Peter Cormack – Teaching to the test- construct relevant and irrelevant approaches Aylin Ünaldi – Automatic Text Analysis in Reading Research and its use in Reading Assessment Technology, despite its extremely broad context, is omni-present in todays teaching world and its benefits are evident across many different teaching domains. The use of the internet, tablets, laptops, mobile phones, learning apps, social media… the list of where technology has influenced and infiltrated teachers’ and learners’ worlds is endless. Learners can benefit from the use of technology like never before. Even the recently accepted expression “e-learning” differentiates today’s teaching and learning from an older style of course book and whiteboard. So much has changed in such a short space of time, but many teachers feel they are running just to stand still. The endless list of new software and apps means daily challenges that are difficult to meet. The very speed of technological change has lead to widespread resistance. Testing and assessment has not been spared the technological onslaught either. Larger and smaller scale testing has clearly benefitted from advances such as online testing, ease of preparation material, more objective marking, ability to source and prepare authentic material, whilst audio and video software has made test material development so much easier. But, like learning, technology has brought about criticism and resistance in the world of testing and assessment. Amongst major concerns are keyboard inputs in listening tests where older students can struggle, adding construct irrelevant variance. Using online testing to assess spoken interaction has been criticized for not replicating a real-world human communication. Certain test service providers advertise online testing as a huge advantage without any clear evidence to support this. Additionally test security can easily be compromised by the ability to record tests on hidden portable electronic devices. Presentations from the event to download: Assessing spoken interaction: How can technology help? Larry Davis and Veronika Timpe-Laughlin How far down the digital road will EL assessment go? Alex Thorp Assessing speaking skills using human raters in an Internet-based environment J Wrzesinska Automatic Text Analysis in Reading Research and its use in Reading Assessment Aylin Unaldi

TEASIG at IATEFL in Brighton, April 9-13, 2018

Conference reports, photos and presentations coming soon. Read Sharon Hartle’s review of the event here. Presentations from the Pre-Conference Event John Field Sheila Thorn Presentations from the TEASIG Showcase Day Leticia Moraes Miranda Hamilton Santosh Mahapatra Anna Makarova

TEASIG at CRELLA October 28-29, 2017

logos TEASIGCRELLAThe IATEFL Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group (TEASIG) in association with The Centre for English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA), University of Bedfordshire organised a two-day seminar on Building Practical Assessment Skills for Teachers t on 28th and 29th October 2017 at the University of Bedfordshire, Luton, United Kingdom. Download the conference programme. Read Sharon Hartle’s review of the event. Plenary speakers were: John Field, The University of Bedfordshire, UK Lynda Taylor, Independent Consultant, UK Thom Kiddle, NILE, UK Anthony Green, The University of Bedfordshire, UK P1320709







 .  .  .  . . Read Sharon Hartle’s review of the event. Conference speakers’ presentations will be added here as they are received. Lynda Taylor – Re-examining Speaking for teaching and testing Vivian Berry & Susan Sheehan – Beyond Surveys Olga Kvasova – Climbing the assessment ladder Judith Mader – Appeals and their lack of appeal for testers Neil Bullock – Assessment of speaking for teaching and testing workshop Thom Kiddle – Technology for Teacher Assessment Literacy workshop Alex Thorp & Cathy Taylor – The challenge of eliciting authentic performance Anna Soltyska – Cultures of testing, cultures of cheating… Aida Rodomanchenko – Using Roundtable Discussions in ELT testing John Field – Mind the gap Thom Kiddle – Technology for Teacher Assessment Literacy plenary Lyndon Taylor & Helen Donaghue – Stimulated Recall Interviews in Reading Tests Aylin Unaldi – Language Assessment Literacy in Turkey Clare Maas – Multimodal Learner Driven Feedback Sian Morgan & Jane Lloyd – What teachers know and what they want to know Sharon Hartle – Assessment for Learning Hannah Jones – Content-based assessment: does it really work? Elizabeth Allen – Alternative ways of effectively assessing speaking skills Liz Hamp Lyons – Opportunities and pitfalls in Teacher Assessment Literacy provision Tony Green – Feedback: the final frontier





From Theory into Practice – Assessment Literacy in the Classroom The latest TEASIG conference took place in Aigle, Switzerland on the 28th and 29th October 2016, under glorious blue skies and golden autumn sunshine. Over 80 delegates and partners attended the event which looked at the theme of assessment literacy in teaching and how we can integrate more the idea of testing, examinations and assessment into the learning process. Indeed by the final day speakers were talking more about whether this is in fact learning literacy and that assessment is in fact an integral part of this. This final point was carried through into the panel discussion at the end of  day 2. Plenary speakers, Barry O’Sullivan, Nick Saville, Carolyn Westbrook, and Ian Wood, tackled the topic from their own angles which blended into a smooth mix with those of the talks and workshops, given by the delegates. Feedback from delegates was very positive on all accounts and we are now busy working to bring you the next TEASIG conference in 2017… more news on this soon. See photos from the Aigle event here. Presentations slides are available below: Testing the Untestable (Judith Mader & Rudi Camerer) Assessing Speaking in our Brave New World (Sharon Hartle) Bridging the Gap (Ben Beaumont) Fostering Assessment Literacy – the Teacher Education perspective (Lynn Williams) IELTS STEP Washback (Mehtap Ince) The Positive Impact of Cambridge English CB Exams on learning and teaching (Lori Kaithan) Language testing and assessment needs and wants across Europe (Karin Vogt) The case of aviation English (Neil Bullock) Implementing Assessment For Learning (Corne Ferreira) Assess for Success (Sheri Henderson) Breaking out of the box (Nick Saville)


TEASIG Conference Events Click on the links below for information and photo galleries of previous TEASIG events.

TEASIG at IATEFL 51, Glasgow, 3 – 7 April 2017

We are delighted to share a selection of photos below. Watch this space for more content from the TEASIG & ESPSIG Pre-Conference Event and the TEASIG Day. IMG_2701IMG_2698P1100519P1100517P1100537P1100533P1100528P1100531P1100529P1100551P1100548P1100557


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100415_PCE_1_Barry_1 IATEFL 2015 – BESIG & TEASIG PCE

ugrTEASIG & University of Granada conference October 2014

TEASIG members and contributors have access to all conference proceedings. One article from the proceedings of the 2014 TEASIG Conference in Granada Spain can be found below. Irina Pavlovskaya  is a TEASIG scholarship winner and will be speaking at the TEASIG Day on 15 April at the 2016 IATEFL Conference in Birmingham. Sample article from the Conference Proceedings (Pavlovskaya 2014)