LTRC 2012 34th Language Testing Research Colloquium – PRINCETON April 1 - 5, 2012

Call for Papers

The theme of LTRC 2012 is Assessment and Learning: Bridging Diverse Disciplines and Domains. Preference will be given to proposals that are clearly related to one of the areas listed below.

  • Interplay amongst classroom teaching, formative assessments and summative assessments
  • Interface between language assessment, language learning and computer technologies
  • Key research issues and practices in language assessments for younger learners
  • Key research issues and practices in language assessments across diverse contexts and domains
  • Potential applications of theories, innovations and practices in other disciplines (e.g., SLA, psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, educational measurement) to language assessment

We would also like to invite symposium proposals that address one of the following topics. Symposium proposals on other topics related to the conference theme are also welcome.

  • Assessment of younger learners in second/foreign language contexts
  • Computer-assisted language learning and assessment in classrooms
  • Innovations in language testing theories and practices

LTRC 2012 Presentation Categories

Proposals for LTRC 2012 are solicited for presentations in the categories below. Note that proposals that are not accepted as research papers may be considered as posters or works in progress. However, if a proposal is more suitable as a poster or work in progress it should be submitted as such. Proposals for research that is in progress should be submitted as works in progress. Proposals for presentations on test development projects should be submitted as posters.

Research Papers

This format is best suited to theoretically oriented work, or the presentation of completed research. Paper presentations are 20 minutes and are followed by 10 minutes for questions and comments from the audience. In the case of empirical studies, the proposal should in general include objectives of the study, study design and methods, results, conclusions and implications. In the case of conceptual research, the proposal should discuss an approach or a critical issue, or compare and contrast alternative approaches or issues, and provide significant new insights. The proposal must not exceed 500 words.


Symposia involve multiple presenters focusing on a single theme and are best suited for the discussion of research, theory, practice and associated issues. They should not be a series of independent presentations but should offer complementary or differing perspectives on an important topic or issue that can stimulate wider discussion. Symposia may last up to two hours and may include up to four individual presenters, a moderator and an independent discussant. An organizer may also act as a participant or moderator. Evidence of careful planning for the implementation of the symposium (e.g., goals, timing, summaries of perspectives, etc.) should be included in the proposal. The proposal should include a 500-word summary of the topic, focusing on how the perspectives represented in the individual papers are complementary or distinct. In addition, abstracts of individual papers not exceeding 350 words each should be included.


Posters provide an opportunity primarily for the presentation of test development projects, new tests and technological innovations. Posters are displayed on a specific day. Presenters should be available to discuss their work and answer questions. The proposal must not exceed 500 words.

Work in Progress

These sessions provide an opportunity for the presentation of research in progress or research that is being planned. Presenters discuss their unfinished research or research plans with other participants and receive comments and suggestions on how best to proceed. The proposal must not exceed 500 words.

Submission of Proposals

Deadline for receipt of proposals: October 15, 2011, 10 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, U.S.

All proposals must be submitted via the ILTA website, which is specifically set up for online submissions. The submission website will be launched by July 30, 2011. No email, fax, or regular mail submissions will be accepted.

Submit or edit your LTRC 2012 proposal

Content of Proposals
The website for online submissions will request the following information:

  • type of presentation (paper, symposium, poster or work in progress)
  • title of presentation (must not exceed 15 words)
  • presenter information: name(s) of the author(s) in the order that they should appear in the program, institutional affiliation(s), and the location of the institution(s)
  • the name of the author to whom all correspondence should be sent
  • email address of the correspondent
  • fax number of the correspondent (please be sure to include country code)
  • office telephone number of the correspondent
  • audio-visual equipment required
  • abstract of presentation; a blind review process will be employed, therefore, any information that might identify author(s) must be omitted

Click here to view a sample abstract for a research paper with annotations.

Evaluation Criteria
Criteria used to evaluate papers, posters and works in progress will be:

  • relevance to the conference theme
  • interest and importance to the field of language assessment
  • clarity of theoretical orientation
  • in the case of empirical studies, quality of study design and analysis
  • overall organization

Criteria used to evaluate symposia will be:

  • relevance to the conference theme
  • interest and importance to the field of language assessment
  • coherence and complementarity of the contributions
  • evidence of careful planning for the implementation of the symposium, including sufficient time for discussion and audience participation

Preference will be given to proposals that are clearly related to the overall theme of LTRC 2012. Authors will be notified by December 15, 2011.