Keynote Speakers – ELTSociety 2021 Virtual Conference
Dr. Chalhoub-Deville & Dr. Shahrzad Saif
We are very pleased to have Dr. Chalhoub-Deville, and Dr. Shahrzad Saif
as our keynote speakers for our first virtual conference.
Dr. Micheline Chalhoub-Deville
Large-Scale Tests and Evolving Constructs
Summary: Second language (L2) assessments cover a broad range of purposes and types, including classroom-based and large-scale, admissions testing. While these assessments overlap in their attention to the L2 construct, they are distinct in terms of what they seek to achieve, e.g., documentation of learning versus predictive utility. The present talk explores current operations in large-scale, admissions tests and potential changes to an L2 construct representation. An argument is made that the future of L2 testing is likely to involve a convergence of testing paradigms. Assessments embedded in L2 learning programs and utilized to make admissions types of decisions are likely to be the future of testing.
Dr. Shahrzad Saif
Test impact: The effects of high stakes testing and classroom assessment on learning outcomes
Summary: This presentation explores test impact on teachers and learners both from a measurement perspective, which attributes success to an increased test score, and from a learning perspective, which is primarily concerned with improvement in language abilities targeted by the course. Using evidence from research projects in EFL, ESL and FSL contexts, I will discuss how high stakes tests impact classroom teaching, learning, and assessment practices. Furthermore, research findings pointing to the intended effects of classroom language assessments on learning will be discussed. I will argue that the enhanced validity of classroom-based assessments, resulting from such context-specific factors as stakeholders’ perceptions, learners’ needs, and teachers’ understanding of the program and curriculum objectives, is largely responsible for improved learning outcomes.