Publications

A list of current and past LTRC publications.

Publications

2016

  • Elder, C (2016). Introduction to special issue. Papers in Language Testing and Assessment, 5, 1:iii-viii.
  • Elder, C. (2016).Exploring the limits of authenticity in language testing: the case of a specific purpose language test for health professionals. Language Testing 33, 2:  147-152
  • Elder, C. (Ed.) (2016) The limits of authenticity in language testing. Special issue of Language Testing, Vol 33,2:147-301.
  • Elder, C. (Ed.) (2016) Evaluating language assessment programs and systems in use. Special issue of Papers in Language Testing and Assessment Vol 5,1. i- 126.
  • Elder, C. (Ed.) (2016) Evaluating language assessment programs/projects in use. Special Issue of Papers in Language Testing and Assessment 5.1.
  • Elder, C. & McNamara, T. (2016). The hunt for ‘indigenous criteria’ in assessing communication in the physiotherapy workplace. Language Testing 33, 2: 153-174
  • Fan, J., Knoch, U., & Bi, Z. (2016). Factor structure and factorial invariance of language tests: A longitudinal multiple-sample CFA study. Foreign Language Testing and Teaching, 6(3): 16-27.
  • Knoch, U. & Elder, C. (2016). Post-entry English language assessments at university: How diagnostic are they?In Aryadoust, V. & Fox, J. (Eds). Current Trends in Language Testing in the Pacific Rim and the Middle East: Policies, Analyses, and Diagnoses. pp. 210-230. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK
  • Knoch, U., Fairbairn, J., Huisman, A. (2016) An evaluation of an online rater training program for the speaking and writing sub-test of the Aptis. Papers in Language Testing and Assessment, Vol 5,1, pp 90-106.
  • Knoch, U. & Macqueen, S. (2016) Language Assessment in the workplace in (Tsagari, D & Banerjee, J) Handbook of Second Language Assessment. De Gruyter Mouton
  • Morton, J. Elder, C. McNamara, T. (2016). Pattern and particularity in a pedagogical genre: The case of an individual teacher. In Duché V., Do, T., Rizzi, A.  (Eds.) Genre, text and language: Mélanges Anne Freadman. Librairie Garnier, Paris
  • Woodward-Kron, R. & Elder, C. (2016). A comparative discourse study of simulated roleplays in two assessment contexts: Validating a specific purpose language test. Language Testing, 33, 2: 251-270

2015

  • Bitchener, J. & Knoch, U. (2015). Replication of written corrective feedback studies: Bitchener & Knoch (2010) and van Beuningen, de Jong & Kuiken (2012). Language Teaching,  48, 3, 405-414
  • Elder, C. (2015). Obituary, Language Assessment Quarterly, 12:4, 430-431, DOI:10.1080/15434303.2015.1117918
  • Elder, C. Pill, J. Frost, K. & Bow, C. (2015) Marching out of step: the uneasy links between task-based  language competencies for military purposes and a general proficiency scale. In H. DeSilva Joyce and E. Thomson (eds.) Language in uniform: Language and analysis and training for defence and policing purposes (pp. 223-240. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Elder, C. & Read, J.  (2015a). Post-entry language assessments in Australia. In Read, J. Assessing English Proficiency for University Study. Palgrave MacMillan
  • Elder, C. & Read, J.  (2015b) Post-entry language assessments in other countries. In Read, J. Assessing English Proficiency for University Study. Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Kim, H. & Elder, C. (2015). Interrogating the construct of aviation English: feedback from test takers in Korea. Language Testing, 32,2: 129-149. DOI: 10, 1177/0265532214544394
  • Knoch, U. & McNamara, T. (2015). Rasch analysis. In L. Plonsky (Ed.), Advancing quantitative methods in second language research. Taylor and Francis/Routledge.
  • Knoch, U., McNamara, T., Woodward-Kron, R., Elder, C., Manias, E., Flynn, E., Zhang, Y. (2015). Towards improved language assessment of written health professional communication: the case of the Occupational English Test. Papers in Language Testing and Assessment, 4, 2, 60-66
  • Knoch, U., Roushad, A., Oon, S.P., Storch, N. (2015). What happens to ESL students’ writing after three years of study at an English medium university? Journal of Second Language Writing 28, 39-52
  • Macqueen, S., Woodward-Kron, R., Flynn, E., Reid, K., Elliott, K., Slade, D. (2015). A resource for teaching emergency care communication. The Clinical Teacher. doi: 10.1111/tct.12423
  • O’Hagan, S. & Wigglesworth, G. (2015). Who’s marking my essay? The assessment of non native-speaker and native-speaker undergraduate essays in an Australian higher education context. Studies in Higher Education, 40 (9): 1729-1747.

2014

  • Knoch, U., Rouhshad, A., Storch, N. "Does the writing of undergraduate ESL students develop after one year of study in an English-medium university?" in Assessing Writing 21, 2014, pp. 1-17
  • Knoch, U. "Using subject specialists to validate an ESP rating scale: The case of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rating scale," in English for Specific Purposes 33(1), 2014, pp. 77-86
  • O'Hagan, S. Variability in assessor responses to undergraduate essays: an issue for assessment quality in higher education. Peter Lang, 2014
  • O'Hagan, S., Manias, E., Elder, C., Pill, J., Woodward-Kron, R., McNamara, T., Webb, G. and McColl, G. "What counts as effective communication in nursing? Evidence from nurse educators' and clinicians' feedback on nurse interactions with simulated patients," in Journal of Advanced Nursing 70(6), 2014, pp. 1344-1354

2013

  • Elder, C. and Kim, S.H.O. "Assessing teachers' language proficiency," in Kunnan, A. J. (ed.). The companion to language assessment. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp. 454-470
  • Elder, C., McNamara, T., Woodward-Kron, R., Manias, E., McColl, G., Webb, G., Pill, J., and O'Hagan, S. "Developing and validating language proficiency standards for non-native English speaking health professionals," in Papers in Language Testing and Assessment 2(1), 2013, pp. 66-70
  • Knoch, U. and Elder, C. "A framework for validating post-entry language assessments (PELAs)," in Papers in Language Testing and Assessment 2(2), 2013, pp. 44-68
  • Macqueen, S. "Emergence in second language writing: A methodological inroad," in Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada 13(2), 2013, pp. 493-515
  • Pill, J. and Harding, L. "Defining the language assessment literacy gap: Evidence from a parliamentary inquiry," in Language Testing 30(3), 2013, pp. 381-402
  • Woodward-Kron, R., Flynn, E., Macqueen, S., Enright, H. and McColl, G. "The state of emergency communication skills teaching in Australian medical schools: Gaps, barriers, and opportunities," in Focus on Health Professional Education 14(3), 2013, pp. 49-63

2012

  • Elder, C. "Bias in language assessment," in Chapelle, C. (ed.,). The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012, pp. 406-412
  • Elder, C., Barber, M., Staples, M., Osborne, R., Clerehan, R. and Buchbinder, R. "Assessing health literacy: A new domain for collaboration between language testers and health professionals," in Language Assessment Quarterly, 9, 2012, pp. 205-224
  • Elder, C., Kim, H. and Knoch, U. "Documenting the diversity of learner achievements in Asian languages using common measures," in Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 35(3), 2012, pp. 251-270
  • Elder, C., Pill, J., Woodward-Kron, R., McNamara, T., Manias, E., Webb, G. and McColl, G. "Health professionals' views of communication: Implications for assessing performance on a health-specific English language test," in TESOL Quarterly, 46(2), 2012, pp. 409-419
  • Frost, K., Elder, C. and Wigglesworth, G. "Investigating the validity of an integrated listening-speaking task: A discourse-based analysis of test takers’ oral performances," in Language Testing, 29, 2012, pp. 345-369
  • Greenstock, L., Woodward-Kron, R., Fraser, C., Bingham, A., Naccarella, L., Elliott, K. and Morris, M. "Telecommunications as a means to access health information: an exploratory study of migrants in Australia," in Journal of Public Health Research, 1, 2012, pp. 216-221
  • Knoch, U. "At the intersection of language assessment and academic advising: Communicating results of a large-scale diagnostic academic English writing assessment to students and stakeholders," in Papers in Language Testing and Assessment, 1, 2012, pp. 31-49
  • Knoch, U. "Expanding the notion of task in writing assessment: Towards a comprehensive research agenda," in Byrnes, H. and Manchón, R. M. (eds.,). Task-based L2 learning: Insights from and for L2 Writing. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2012
  • Macqueen, S. The emergence of patterns in second language writing: A sociocognitive exploration of lexical trails (Vol. 137). Bern: Peter Lang, 2012
  • McNamara, T. and Knoch, U. "The Rasch Wars: The emergence of Rasch measurement in Language Testing," in Language Testing, 29(4), 2012, pp. 553-574
  • Scarino, A. and Elder, C. "Preface: Describing school achievement in Asian languages for diverse learner groups," in Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 35, 2012, pp. 225-230
  • Woodward-Kron, R. and Pill, J. "How professionally relevant can language tests be? A response to Wette (2011)," in Language Assessment Quarterly, 9, 3023, pp. 105-108
  • Woodward-Kron, R., van Die, D., Webb, G., Pill, J., Elder, C., McNamara, T. and Manias, E. "Perspectives from physiotherapy supervisors on student-patient communication," in International Journal of Medical Education, 3, 2012, pp. 166-174

Presentations

2012

  • Elder, C., Fraser, C. and Ginther, A. "The use and interpretation of English proficiency test scores in the graduate admissions process." Paper presented at the ALTAANZ conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, November 9-10, 2012
  • Fraser, C. "Building rapport: community policing in action." Paper presented at ALAPP, UTS, Sydney, December 6, 2012
  • Fraser, F., Rashid, H. Z., Chia, Y. E., George, L., Au, J. and Woodward-Kron, R. "Junior doctors communicating healthcare in culturally diverse rural settings." Paper presented at the Healthcare Communication Symposium, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, December 4, 2012
  • Frost, K., Pill, J. Knoch, U., Kim, H. and Fraser, C. "Investigating test taker processes on an LSP reading test designed to prompt skimming and scanning." Paper presented at the ALTAANZ conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, November 9-10, 2012
  • Kim, H. and Elder, C. "Rethinking the construct of pilot-air traffic controller radiotelephony communication context: Insights from aviation personnel." Invited colloquium. American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, March 24-27, 2012
  • Knoch, U. and Elder, C. "A new model for universal post-entry language assessment." Paper presented at the AALL Symposium 'Assessment and development of students' English language proficiency: What is your institution doing?' University of Sydney, Australia, May 25, 2012
  • Knoch, U., Penry Williams, C., McGregor, A. and Fraser, C. "Getting the level right: Validating an online placement procedure for University students of French." Paper presented at the ALTAANZ conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, November 9-10, 2012
  • Macqueen, S. and Knoch, U. "Lexis and lexicogrammatical patterns across task types and proficiency levels in TOEFL iBT writing." Paper presented at the ALTAANZ conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, November 9-10, 2012
  • Pill, J. "Interrogating criteria for assessing speaking performance on the Australian OET" (presentation) and Exploring language skills through Australian examiners’ feedback on doctor-patient interaction (poster). Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) 46th International Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, March 28-31, 2012
  • Pill, J. "Using health professionals’ feedback commentary to inform the validation of an ESP rating scale." International Language Testing Association (ILTA) 34th Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Princeton, New Jersey, USA, April 3-5, 2012
  • Pill, J. "Medical educators 'feedback on trainees' interaction with patients: perspectives on "language"." Paper presented at the 2nd International Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP) conference, University of Technology, Sydney, December 6 -8, 2012
  • Pill, J. and O'Hagan, S. "Extending the scope of speaking assessment criteria in a specific-purpose language test." Paper presented at the ALTAANZ conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, November 9-10, 2012
  • Pill, J., Woodward-Kron, R., Elder, C., McNamara, T., O'Hagan, S., McColl, G., Manias, E. and Webb, G. "Educator feedback on GP registrar interaction with patients: perspectives on "language"." Paper presented at the Communicating Healthcare Symposium, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, December 4, 2012

Project reports

2016

  • Elder, C, Knoch, U, & Kim, H. (2016). Preliminary LOTE proficiency screening of candidates seeking accreditation as interpreters and translators: A feasibility study. Final Report to the National Accreditation Authority for Interpreters and Translators. 35pp. Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • Elder, C, Knoch, U, & Kim, H. (2016). Preparing for the NAATI examinations: options and issues for English proficiency screening. Final Report to the National Accreditation Authority for Interpreters and Translators. 68pp. Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • Knoch, U., Fairbairn, J. (2016). Review of Aptis Control Item System. Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • Knoch, U. & Frost, K. (2016). Linking the GEPT writing sub-test to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Final report to the Language Training and Testing Center, Taiwan. Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • Knoch, U., May, L., Macqueen, S., Pill, J., Storch, N. (2016). Transitioning from university to the workplace: stakeholder perceptions of academic and professional writing demands. IELTS Research Report.
  • O’Hagan, S., S. Macqueen, R. Chandran & A. Huisman (2016) Development of AEAS Test Materials for Years 10-12: Reading Version 7, Vocabulary Version 7, Listening Version 9. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne. 26 pp.
  • O’Hagan, S., S. Macqueen, R. Chandran & A. Huisman (2016) Development of AEAS Test Materials for Years 7-9: Reading Version 3, Vocabulary Version 3, Listening Version 5. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne. 27 pp.
  • O’Hagan, S., S. Macqueen & U. Knoch (2016). UTS Insearch Assessment Review Stage 4: Level AE 5B reading exam development; Level AE 5B graduate perceptions survey. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne. 24 pp.

2015

  • Chandran, R., Knoch, U., Huisman, A., O’Hagan, S., Frost, K. (2015). Test taker perceptions of the new OET listening task. Final report to Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessments. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • Frost, K. (2015). Report on the Development, trialling and equating of a new version (R09) of the DELA/DELNA reading test. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • Frost, K., O’Hagan, S., Knoch, U., Pill, J. (2015). Verification of checklist items across professions: an investigation of the relevance of new criteria for assessing simulated professional-patient interactions in the OET Speaking sub-test. Final report. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • Knoch, U., Fairbank, J.& Huisman, A. (2015). An evaluation of the effectiveness of training Aptis raters online. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • Macqueen, S., O’Hagan, S., Knoch, U. (2015) UTS Insearch assessment review: Stage 2. University of Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne. 27 pp.
  • Macqueen, S., O’Hagan, S., Knoch, U. (2015) UTS Insearch assessment review: Stage 3. University of Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne. 17 pp.
  • Macqueen, S. & Knoch, U. (2015). Program evaluation of EAL online pilot program. Final Report to DET. Melbourne: University of Melbourne
  • O’Hagan, S., Macqueen, S. & Chandran, R. (2015) Development of AEAS Test Materials for Years 10-12: Reading Version 6, Vocabulary Version 6, Listening Version 8. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • O’Hagan, S., Macqueen, S. & Chandran, R. (2015) Development of AEAS Test Materials for Years 7-9: Reading Version 2, Vocabulary Version 2, Listening Version 4. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne.

2014

  • Macqueen, S., O’Hagan, S., Chandran, R., Grieve A. (August 2014). Report on the development of new AEAS test materials for Years 4-6. University of Melbourne etc. pp1-45
  • Macqueen, S. & Knoch, U. (2014). Program evaluation of EAL online pilot program. Interim Report to the DEECD. Melbourne: University of Melbourne
  • Knoch, U., Macqueen, S., & O’Hagan, S. (2014). An investigation of the effect of task type on the discourse produced by students at various score levels in the TOEFL iBT®Writing test (TOEFL iBT Report No. 23, ETS Research Report No. RR-14-43). Princeton, NJ:Educational Testing Service. doi:10.1002/ets2.12038
  • Ginther, A. & Elder, C. (2014) A comparative investigation into understandings and uses of TOEFL iBT,  IELTS (Academic) and the Pearson Test of English in U.S. and Australia: a case study of two university contexts. Final Report (CEO-RFP 2009-33). 91 pp.
  • Knoch, U. (2014). Discourse analysis of AITI translation texts. Final report prepared for the Australian Institute of Translation and Interpreting. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • Knoch, U. & Huisman, A. (2014). Review of the British Council Aptis rater training for new markers. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne
  • Knoch, U. & O’Hagan, S. (2014). Pilot administration of the Post-entry Assessment of Academic Language (PAAL) at the University of Melbourne. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne
  • Knoch, U. & O’Hagan, S. (2014). Report on the trial implementation of the Post-entry Assessment of Academic Language (PAAL). Melbourne: University of Melbourne
  • Knoch, U., Silverman, J., Pill, J., McNamara, T. (2014). Report on the review of draft proposal for revised specification of OET listening. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
  • O’Hagan, S., Macqueen, S., Knoch, U. (2014) Moderation of UTS Insearch Level 5 direct entry assessment. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne
  • O’Hagan, S., Macqueen, S., Chandran, R. & Pill, J. (2014, February). Development of AEAS listening test materials (Versions 2 & 3) for years 7-9. Final Report. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, The University of Melbourne. 24 pp.
  • O’Hagan, S., S. Macqueen, R. Chandran & J. Pill (2014) Development of AEAS Listening Test Materials (Versions 6 & 7) for Years 10-12. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, The University of Melbourne. 25 pp.
  • Pill, J. & Knoch, U. Review of data collected for OET/ARC Linkage study to verify revised OET speaking checklist. Final report. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne.

2013

  • Elder, C. and Kim, S.H.O. (2013). "Assessing teachers' language proficiency," in Kunnan, A. J. (ed.). The companion to language assessment. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 454-470
  • Elder, C., McNamara, T., Woodward-Kron, R., Manias, E., McColl, G., Webb, G., Pill, J. and O'Hagan, S. (2013). "Developing and validating language proficiency standards for non-native English speaking health professionals," in Papers in Language Testing and Assessment 2(1), pp. 66-70
  • Knoch, U. and Elder, C. (2013) "A framework for validating post-entry language assessments (PELAs)," in Papers in Language Testing and Assessment 2(2), pp. 44-68
  • Macqueen, S. (2013). "Emergence in second language writing: A methodological inroad," in Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada 13(2), pp. 493-515
  • Pill, J. and Harding, L. (2013). "Defining the language assessment literacy gap: Evidence from a parliamentary inquiry," in Language Testing 30(3), pp. 381-402
  • Woodward-Kron, R., Flynn, E., Macqueen, S., Enright, H. and McColl, G. (2013). "The state of emergency communication skills teaching in Australian medical schools: Gaps, barriers, and opportunities," in Focus on Health Professional Education 14(3), pp. 49-63

2012

  • Elder, C., Bow, C., Frost, K. and Pill, J. Report on Language Assessment at the Australian Defence Force School of Languages (DFSL). Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, 2012
  • Frost, K., Kim, H., Pill, J., Fraser, C. and Knoch, U. Investigating test-taker processes and task difficulty on an ESP reading test. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, 2012
  • Knoch, U. Report on the Deakin post-entry language assessment: iDeal Screening. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, 2012
  • Knoch, U. and Elder, C. Report on Feasibility study of introducing the Academic English Screening Test (AEST) at the University of Melbourne. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, 2012
  • Knoch, U., O'Hagan, S. and Kim, H. Preparing the Academic English Screening Test (AEST) for computer delivery. Language Testing Research Centre, The University of Melbourne, 2012
  • Knoch, U., Maqueen, S. and O'Hagan, S. An investigation of the effect of task type on the discourse produced by students at various score levels in the TOEFL iBT writing test. Draft final report submitted March 2011. Melbourne: The University of Melbourne, 2012
  • Macqueen, S., Chandran, R. and O'Hagan, S. (2012). Development of AEAS test materials (Version 5) for Years 10-12. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, 2012
  • Macqueen, S., Yahalom, S., Kim, H. and Knoch, U. (2012). Exploring writing demands in healthcare settings. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, 2012
  • O'Hagan, S., Macqueen, S. and Chandran, R. Development of AEAS test materials (Version 4) for years 10-12. Melbourne: Language Testing Research Centre, 2012

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