In addition to several NExLA members being involved in the organisation of the annual conference of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA), called the Language Testing Research Colloquium, as well as in pre-conference events, five members were prominent among those who spoke at seminars and as individual speakers.Continue reading “NExLA language test experts feature prominently at LTRC 2021”
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Enough challenges for a lifetime
Several NExLA members, along with a number of other contributors, have just published a noteworthy contribution to applied linguistics in general, and language assessment in particular. In Assessing academic literacy in a multilingual society: Transition and transformation, which has just appeared from Multilingual Matters, they attempt to answer the question of how, as designers of language interventions, they respond to the challenges of education in an environment that is in transition, and in many respects unprepared for change.Continue reading “Enough challenges for a lifetime”
Pre-university test of academic literacy vs. English language matric results: which is the better predictor of academic success?
Standardised tests of academic literacy are a good indicator of first-year academic performance, according to Dr. Kabelo Sebolai, Deputy Director of the Language Centre at Stellenbosch University. At least for Stellenbosch University, results show that the performance standards set for the standardised test of academic literacy associate positively with first-year academic performance, while the scores on the levels of performance set for the school-leaving English examination do not. Continue reading “Pre-university test of academic literacy vs. English language matric results: which is the better predictor of academic success?”
Albert Weideman and Johann van der Walt receive lifetime awards
Two members of the NExLA executive, Albert Weideman and Johann van der Walt, received lifetime awards from the South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT) on July 3, 2019. Continue reading “Albert Weideman and Johann van der Walt receive lifetime awards”
NExLA wins ILTA Collaboration and Outreach Award
The Network of Expertise in Language Assessment (NExLA) is pleased to announce that we have been awarded an ILTA Collaboration and Outreach Award of US$ 2000. The grant will enable NExLA to do the following: Continue reading “NExLA wins ILTA Collaboration and Outreach Award”
ILTA Etiese Kode in Afrikaans gepubliseer
Nadat NExLA-lede die ILTA Code of Ethics vertaal het, sit hy nou daar heel eerste op die ILTA blad van vertalings daarvan: ILTA Code of Ethics translations. Continue reading “ILTA Etiese Kode in Afrikaans gepubliseer”
How justifiable are language assessment and intervention at tertiary level?
Kabelo Sebolai will present the case at the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC 2019) in Atlanta
At this upcoming conference in Atlanta in March NExLA’s chairperson will offer a South African perspective on the measurement of students’ preparedness to handle the demands of academic discourse. While academic literacy is taken for granted by language teaching professionals, the tendency is for non-language teaching academics in disciplines that are traditionally less associated with language processing to be sceptical of the role of language assessment and intervention in academic performance. Not only has this been the case in South African higher education in general, it is also a challenge faced by language departments in other parts of the world. Continue reading “How justifiable are language assessment and intervention at tertiary level?”
Two schools of thought on test validity
AUTHOR: Kabelo Sebolai
Validity is probably the most crucial of all concepts that govern all kinds of measurement. This is more so the case in educational and psychological testing where high stakes decisions often need to be taken about individuals and institutions. From the time it saw the light of day, however, the concept of validity has been a source of inconclusive contestation. Continue reading “Two schools of thought on test validity”
The management of language diversity in educational settings
For language empowerment to take place in diverse environments, policy, planning, instruction and assessment all need to be aligned. Several NExLA members were recently involved in highlighting how language testing can contribute to achieving this harmony. The occasion? A workshop hosted by the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment (ULFE) of the University of the Free State, with the theme of language diversity in educational settings.
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Transformation and transition: four perspectives from the south on academic literacy assessment in times of change
At the upcoming LTRC 2018 in Auckland, several NExLA members will be involved in one of six symposia featuring top scholars from around the world. Join us in Session 2 on the first day if you’re there! Continue reading “Transformation and transition: four perspectives from the south on academic literacy assessment in times of change”