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Language Testing May 2015
This month is exactly 20 years since I first launched the Language Testing website. It first appeared in May 1995 when there wasn't much on the web, and websites were very basic (see history). That's 240 monthly updates! And this month I've updated all links and articles, and removed any dead 3rd party links. For some reason many web maintenance folk spend a lot of their time changing URLs and reclassifying stuff. Very irritating. It causes the rest of us a lot of additional work. I've also rationalised the news feeds and updated the filters, so the daily information on this page (and others) should be more complete and relevant. How far we've come since the days of static black text on a dark grey background!


What is Language Testing?
                    

Conferences: The JLTA conference is in September, and proposals should be received by 7th May. Deadline for proposals for MWALT 2015 is 15th June. ECOLT 2015 is in October, and the deadline for proposalsis 5th June. Next up is the conference of the Consortium on Useful Assessment in Language and Humanities Education, which takes place in October. Deadline for paper submissions is 5th June. Access their website here.
Coming Soon: The next podcast will be available in July 2015 on the topic of diagnostic language assessment. The next major update on the site will be the complete accompanyment to my new book, which is going to be published in June.


Current Feature:
Correlation.
Click on the 'Features' link to see selected topics that have previously appeared in the features slot. These are changed up to four times a year, providing short pieces on subjects of interest to students of language testing and assessment.


The Language Testing Bookstore is an Amazon affiliate. We try to keep the store up to date with all books on language testing currently in print. These are arranged under a number of categories from general texts, to specialist areas of testing and assessment. You can also find texts on educational measurement and statistics that are commonly used in language testing programmes. All books ordered through the bookstore are delivered by Amazon.


Information Alert Services
The website has a number of free Information Alert Services that are designed to help you keep up to date with what is going on in the world of language testing & assessment. These services use webslicing, which is a web feature introduced with Internet Explorer 8. When you subscribe to a webslice a tab is placed on the favourites bar of Internet Explorer and you are alerted whenever the information is updated. You can currently subscribe to any of the following services:

Language Testing News: Available on this page. When you subscribe your browser will check for new language testing stories on this website every few hours. Go straight to the top story, or come back to this page to see all new stories in the world's media. Frequency: Daily.

Jobs4U: A daily roundup of jobs in testing and assessment. You see just the most recent job available in the alert, but just click to go to the employment page where you will find all the new positions just advertised. Frequency: Daily.

Article Alert: Checks the language testing journals and many applied linguistics and educational research journals for articles on language testing. When you receive an alert, go to the page to see all the new articles that have just been published. Frequency: Weekly.

Language Testing Bytes: Notification of new issues of the podcast so you can download them from this website. Frequency: 3 - 4 times annually.

Language Testing on Youtube: Keep up with the videos published by testing, assessment and media companies. Frequency: Variable.

Also available is this website's bulletin with periodic information about updates and other language testing news. Frequency: variable.


Most Visited Language Testing Websites This Week
American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages
Dedicated to promoting the study of foreign languages and cultures as an integral component of American education and society. Information on events, testing ...

verb2verbe - Learn the French language: French verb ...
NB: for French verbs, it is not necessary to enter accented characters. French verb: English verb: Test yourself! Partners Contact us French verbs English verbs ...

TOEFL: Home - Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Information about the TOEFL tests and services are available online. Try the TOEFL practice questions.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System| Home
Handbook, test explanations and information about obtaining practice material.

Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Assessment development and research organization. Directory of tests for a variety of age groups and subjects. Information for applicants with disabilities, research ...

Free English Tests for ESL/EFL, TOEFL®, TOEIC®, SAT®, GRE ...
Practise your understanding of English with a series of free, graded online tests aimed at students taking the TOEIC and TOEFL examinations. Along with stories that ...

ESL at About.com: Learn English as a Second Language
Learn English as a 2nd language (ESL/EFL) with grammar, reading, listening, and writing lessons, exam resources, quizzes, and pronunciation help.

Exam English - Free Practice for IELTS,the TOEFL® and ...
Exam English Home Page. This web site is for people studying for an English language exam. These pages contain free online practice tests for the most important ...

IELTS-Blog - IELTS exam preparation for free
IELTS-blog has everything you need to prepare for IELTS exam by yourself. You will find here valuable information about the IELTS test, strategies, tips and

The TOEFL® Test
Want to study abroad? Need a visa for an English-speaking country? The TOEFL English-language test can get you there. Visit TOEFLGoAnywhere.org for more info.

Test your English - Cambridge English Language Assessment
A quick, free online English test. It will tell you which Cambridge English exam may be best for you.

NonStop English - English Language Community
Learn English language. Interactive, online grammar and vocabulary tests. Interactive exercises for all levels.

Learning English vocabulary and grammar with free online ...
You can practise your English grammar and vocabulary skills with interactive tests on this free website. You can receive free interactive email tests.

English Language (ESL) Learning Online - UsingEnglish.com
Question bank for students, language forum, tests, language news for teachers, and an irregular verb list program.

Official Guide to the TOEFL Test With CD-ROM, 4th Edition ...
Amazon.com: Official Guide to the TOEFL Test With CD-ROM, 4th Edition (Official Guide to the Toefl Ibt) (9780071766586): Educational Testing Service: Books

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - For English as a ...
Listening Quizzes for Academic Purposes [ Prepare for TOEFL/TOEIC Tests with These Lectures, Interviews, and Conversations ]

World English : test, learn and study the English language ...
English on the internet. The best online resource for English as a second or foreign language (ESL / EFL), English exercises and activities, online English lessons ...

Test of English as a Foreign Language - Wikipedia, the ...
Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL is a standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers wishing to enroll in U ...

IELTS Test - IELTS Free Sample Test
IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is ...

IELTS | Test Takers - Test Sample
IELTS is the world's leading test of English for higher education, immigration and employment. Education institutions, faculties, government agencies and professional ...


Humour
Testing and assessment is serious because it can affect the lives of test takers, institutions, and society. But like all human and social activities, there is a humorous side as well. So after all the heavy stuff in the rest of this website, you may enjoy looking at testing in a rather different way, in the humour page, where you'll find video, audio, cartoons and other fun stuff related to testing and assessment.


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23 May, 2015
?Her own language was an oral language ... Nationwide, there have been scattered reports of teachers refusing to give standardized tests, including a kindergarten teacher in Gai...

ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND THE JAPANESE / Entrance exams shift focus to ... - The Japan News
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND THE JAPANESE / Entrance exams shift focus to ...
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22 May, 2015

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Mary King, who teaches English as a second language at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8, became the first an...


Tree of Savior: Preparation For International Testing
22 May, 2015
Here is the full annnouncement of their international testing preparation. Hello ... we will block the access and will not apply the language packs from the countries like Korea...

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Since standardized testing does not allow students to test on their skill ... It is like giving a comprehension test in Chinese to someone unfamiliar with that language and tell...

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As more parents decide to opt out their children from high-stakes standardized tests, more educators grow empowered to ... approved an opt-out measure that I helped introduce. T...

Foreign students take high school route to university
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