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2017 Fall Event

LARG was pleased to be a sponsor of a research talk with Carol Chapelle and John Read at Carleton University on October 2, 2017.


Poster of the event

After Twenty Years:  Vocabulary Assessment in Applied Linguistics

John Read, University of Auckland

Carol A. Chapelle, Iowa State University

We discovered our shared interests in second language vocabulary and language assessment in the mid-1990s. In 2001 we published a joint article in which we explored issues of construct definition in the assessment of second language vocabulary ability, distinguishing in particular between the then-dominant trait definitions of vocabulary and a more interactionalist approach which was gaining prominence in the field. This session gives us the opportunity to revisit some of the questions we addressed in that earlier publication in the light of our current research agendas. Dr. Read will discuss the continuing prevalence of trait-based tests of L2 vocabulary knowledge, and outline a fresh approach to the assessment of academic vocabulary ability in a more contextualized way. Then Dr. Chapelle will explain why multifaceted validation studies are required particularly for contextualized measures of vocabulary ability and how argument-based validation is used to integrate results from a range of studies into a single validity argument.  We will both highlight ways in which our work draws on concepts and procedures from other areas of Applied Linguistics and, during the discussion time which follows, we would welcome comments about how the ideas we present might apply to other areas within the discipline.


Carol A. Chapelle is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University.  She is editor of the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) as well as co-editor of Language Testing and the Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series of books. She is past president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and former editor of TESOL Quarterly.  Her recent books include The Handbook of Technology and Second Language Teaching and Learning (with S. Sauro; Wiley-Blackwell, 2017) and Teaching Culture in Introductory Foreign Language Textbooks (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).  She is currently working on projects that help to connect evaluation methods for learning materials and validation methods for assessment.


John Read is Professor of Applied Language Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is a former co-editor of Language Testing and served as Vice-President and then President of the International Language Testing Association from 2009 to 2012. He is author of Assessing Vocabulary (Cambridge, 2000) and Assessing English Proficiency for University Study (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and editor of Post-admission Language Assessment of University Students (Springer, 2016). Currently he is Chair of the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) to be held in Auckland in July 2018. His continuing research interests are in the design of second language vocabulary tests and the assessment of academic literacy.


CALA 2017 Winter Event

Evaluation of the French language: Innovations and discoveries

Hosts: Canadian Association of Language Assessment and the Language Assessment Group (LARG) of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) of the University of Ottawa

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017, 1–5 p.m.

Location: Room 5028 at 120 University (Social Sciences Building – FSS) of the University of Ottawa (

Free (registration not required), open to all.


Le rôle de la connaissance du vocabulaire, de la conscience syntaxique et de la conscience métacognitive dans la compréhension en lecture des textes académiques en français langue seconde chez des étudiants iraniens à l’Université Laval

  • 13h45 - 14h15Angel Arias, Michel Laurier et Jean-Guy Blais (Université de Montréal et Université d’Ottawa)

La validation du volet de compréhension orale du TCF à l’aide de l’analyse factorielle confirmatoire

Analyse des besoins langagiers d’assistants d’enseignement internationaux poursuivant des études supérieures en sciences et en génie au sein d'universités francophones : implications pour l’évaluation de leurs compétences langagières

  • 14h50 - 15h20 – Pause café
  • 15h20 - 15h50Michel Laurier (Université d’Ottawa)

D’une échelle de compétence vers le développement d’instruments pour évaluer la compétence d’immigrants adultes au Québec

  • 16h00 - 16h40 – Conférencière invitée: Ahlem Ammar (Université de Montréal)

La rétroaction corrective à l’écrit: est-ce une simple question de techniques?

  • 16h40 – 17h00 – Discussion

Past Activities

Workshop by Amelia Hope and Carla Hall on January 29, 2016

Enriching Speaking Assessment: Interactional Competence in Test Rubrics?

Talk by Liying Cheng on October 16, 2015

Teachers’ Grading Decision-Making: Validating the Interface between Teaching and Assessment
For more information, please click here.

CALA/ACEL Symposium and Annual General Meeting on May 29, 2015

Theme:  Language assessment research: A focus on methodology
Discussant: Janna Fox (Carleton University)
For more information, please click here.

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