Presentations

2017

  • O’Hagan, S. & Frost, K. (2017, March). Assessing the English speaking skills of classroom teachers: Investigating the construct of a domain-specific variant of a general proficiency test American Applied Linguistics Association (AAAL) conference. Portland, USA.
  • Knoch, U., Elder, C., Flynn, E., Manias, E., Woodward-Kron, R. (2017, March). Operationalizing an expanded construct of writing proficiency for an occupation-specific language test: from workplace criteria to a workable rating scale. American Applied Linguistics Association (AAAL) conference. Portland, USA.

2016

  • Fan, J. (2016, December). The Use of Self-, Peer-, and Teacher-Assessment in the Translation Classroom: A Many-Facet Rasch Modelling Approach” Paper accepted by the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) Conference 2016. Melbourne, Australia: Monash University.
  • Flynn, E., Elder, C., Manias, E., Knoch, U., Huisman, A., Woodward-Kron, R., Mcnamara, T. (2016, July). Assessing writing proficiency for healthcare purposes: what criteria matter to doctors? Paper presented at COMET 2016, Aalborg.
  • Czajkowski, M. (2016) Judgements of Writing Proficiency by Non-native and Native English Speaking Teachers: Comparing Holistic and Analytical Scoring. ALTAANZ, 2016: Auckland, New Zealand, November 18 and 19.
  • Fan, J. (2016, April). The construct and predicative validity of a self-assessment scale. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). Orlando, Florida, the United States.
  • Fan, J. (2016, May). Building a validity argument for a university-based English test: Evidence from construct and predictive validity. Paper presented at the Third Asian Association for Language Assessment (AALA) conference. Bali, Indonesia.
  • Fan, J. (2016). Factor structure and factorial invariance of a university-based English test: A longitudinal study. ALTAANZ, 2016: Auckland, New Zealand, November 18 & 19.
  • Frost, K. (2016). The dynamics of test impact in the context of Australia’s skilled migration policy: Reinterpreting language constructs and scores. LTRC 2016: Palermo, Sicily June 20-24.
  • Frost, K., Knoch, U. & Huisman, A. (2016). Setting standards on a post-entry language assessment: Exploring differences in values of content lecturers and academic skills staff. ALTAANZ, 2016: Auckland, New Zealand, November 18 & 19.
  • Knoch, U. & Chapelle, C. (2016). Language performance rating issues in argument-based validity. LTRC 2016: Palermo, Sicily June 20-24
  • Knoch, U., Macqueen, S., Wigglesworth, G., Nordlinger, R., McNamara, T. (2016). The impact of standardized testing on children in indigenous communities. In Wigglesworth et al. (2016). Assessment of Indigenous Languages: Examining the cases of Australia and Canada. Symposium at LTRC 2016: Palermo, Sicily June 20-24
  • Knoch, U., McNamara, T., Elder, C., Woodward-Kron, R., Manias, E., Flynn, E., Huisman, A (2016). The challenge of capturing the construct of written communication for a health-specific language test. LTRC 2016: Palermo, Sicily June 20-24
  • Knoch, U. (2016). Measuring L2 writing development: implications for research and pedagogy. Invited plenary presentation at the conference of the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ). Auckland, New Zealand, November 2016
  • Pill, J. & O’Hagan, S. Language testing in national medical licensure procedures: Perceptions of language and communication skills. LTRC 2016: Palermo, Sicily June 20-24, 2016.
  • Woodward-Kron, R., Manias, E., Flynn, E., Knoch, U., Elder, C., McNamara, T., (2016). Assessing the English language skills of International Medical Graduates: revalidating the writing task of a specific purpose language test. Ottawa & ANZAHPE conference March 2016, Perth
  • Zhao, C. & Fan, J. (2016, June). The construct of EFL academic writing ability as operationalized in the context of Chinese colleges. Paper presented at the 38th Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC). Palermo, Sicily.

2015

  • Macqueen, S. Put me in the Picture: Formulaicity and Alzheimer’s Disease. Dementia Research Forum Sydney 7 September 2015
  • Knoch, U., May, L., Macqueen, S., Pill, J., Storch, N. (2015, March). Test use in the transition from university to the workplace: Stakeholder perceptions of academic and professional writing demands. Language Testing Research Colloquium, Toronto, Canada.
  • Knoch, U. (2015). What professionals value in written workplace communication. Presentation to the ETS reference group, November 2015
  • Knoch, U., Woodward-Kron, R., Elder, C., McNamara, T., Flynn, E., Manias, E., Zhang, B., Huisman, A. (2015). What matters to doctors in written handover documentation: Implications for the OET writing descriptors. OET Forum, November 2015.
  • Knoch, U. (2015). Issues and options in post-entry language assessment (PELA). Presentation at Study Group International. Melbourne, October 2015
  • Knoch, U. (2015). Assessing language in the content classroom. Invited plenary talk at Renmin University of China, Centre for Teaching Development, Beijing, September 2015
  • Pill, J. & O’Hagan, S. Relating assessment processes for migrating doctors in different jurisdictions to perceptions of language and communication. COMET Hong Kong. June 25-27.
  • Story, D., Woodward-Kron, R., Hajek, J., Knoch, U., Phan, T., Hughson, J., Parker, A. (2015). Challenges of conducting multicenter clinical trials in CALD populations. Population and global health professional education symposium. Melbourne, Australia (October, 2015)
  • Knoch, U., May, L., Macqueen, S., Pill, J., Storch, N. (2015). Transitioning from university to the workplace: stakeholder perceptions of academic and professional writing demands. Symposium on Second Language Writing, Auckland, November 2015
  • Knoch, U., Elder, C., Manias, E., McNamara, T., Woodward-Kron, R. (2015). Assessing writing proficiency for healthcare purposes: what criteria matter to doctors? ALAA/ALANZ/ALTAANZ conference, November 2015, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Knoch, U., Macqueen, S., Brickle, R., Wigglesworth, G., McNamara, T., Nordlinger, R., Green, J., Singer, R., Baker, B. (2015). An investigation of the impact of NAPLAN on children in indigenous communities. ALAA/ALANZ/ALTAANZ conference, November 2015, Adelaide, South Australia
  • May, L., Macqueen, S., Knoch, U., Pill, J., Storch, N. (2015). IELTS academic writing tasks from the perspective of engineering and accounting students, academics and professionals. ALAA/ALANZ/ALTAANZ conference, November 2015, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Fairbairn, J., Knoch, U. & Burrows, S. (2015). Quality assurance in assessment of productive skills: the Aptis experience. New Directions in Language Assessment, Seoul Korea, October 2015.
  • Macqueen, S. Put me in the Picture: Formulaicity and Alzheimer’s Disease. ALAA/ALANZ/ALTAANZ conference, November 2015, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Knoch, U. & Macqueen, S., May, L., Pill, J. & Storch, N. (2015). Transitioning from university to the workplace: Stakeholder perceptions of academic and professional writing demands for engineers. Invited talk at the Department of Defence – Air Operations Division. Melbourne.

2014

  • Frost, K. (2014, November 21). Building a validation argument for the Occupation English Test (OET): Investigating test taker processes on the listening subtest. ACER/LTRC Symposium, Melbourne.
  • Knoch, U., Macqueen, S., May, L., Pill, J., & Storch, N. (2014, November 21). Transitioning from university to the workplace: Stakeholder perceptions of academic and professional writing demands. ACER/LTRC Symposium, Melbourne.
  • Knoch, U., Wigglesworth, G., McNamara, T., Macqueen, S., Nordlinger, R., Green, J., Singer, R., Baker, B. (2014, November 21). An investigation of the impact of NAPLAN on children in indigenous communities. ACER/LTRC Symposium, Melbourne.
  • Macqueen, S. Elder, C, Pill, J. & Knoch, U. (2014, November 21).  In the real world: Perceptions of the relationship between the Occupational English Test and the workplace. ACER/LTRC Symposium, Melbourne. ACER/LTRC Symposium, Melbourne.
  • Macqueen, S. Knoch, U. (2014, November 21). Adaptive imitation: Formulaicity and the words of others in L2 writing.
  • O’Hagan, S., Frost, K., Knoch, U. (2014, November 21). Scoping study of professional to professional communication in healthcare: an exploration of interaction and task types in inter- and intra- professional spoken communication. ACER/LTRC Symposium, Melbourne.
  • Frost, K. (2014, November 27-29). Building a validation argument for the Occupation English Test (OET): Investigating test taker processes on the listening subtest. ALTAANZ conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Knoch, U., Macqueen, S., May, L., Pill, J., & Storch, N. (2014, November 27-29). Transitioning from university to the workplace: Stakeholder perceptions of academic and professional writing demands. ALTAANZ conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Pill, J., & O’Hagan, S. (2014, November 27-29). Language testing in medical registration procedures: Perceptions of the role of language and communication skills. ALTAANZ conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Macqueen, S., Yahalom, S., Kim, H. & Knoch. U. (2014, November 27-29). ALTAANZ conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Elder, C., McNamara, T., Woodward-Kron, R., Pill, J., & Hoekje, B. (2014, August). How authentic can we get? Reconstructing a specific-purpose language test to reflect health professionals’ values. Symposium of 4 papers with discussant. AILA, Brisbane.
  • Macqueen, S. Elder, C, Pill, J. & Knoch, U. (2014, August 10-15). In the real world: Perceptions of the relationship between the Occupational English Test and the workplace. AILA, Brisbane.
  • Macqueen, S. Knoch, U. (2014, August 10-15). Adaptive imitation: Formulaicity and the words of others in L2 writing. AILA, Brisbane.
  • McNamara, T. & Pill, J. (2014, April 25-29). Reforming the criteria used to assess the spoken English clinical communication skills of international medical graduates. Paper presented at 16th Ottawa Conference, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Frost, K., Elder, C., & Pill, J. (2014, June 4-6). Marching out of step: Task-based language competencies for military purposes and a general proficiency scale. Paper presented at Language Testing Research Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Hamp-Lyons, L., Elder, C., Douglas, D., Lockwood J., Jin, Y., O’Hagan, S., McNamara, T., Pill, J., & Davies, A. (2014, June 4-6). The Universal and the Specific: Must proficiency choose? Paper presented at Language Testing Research Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Knoch, U., Macqueen, S., May, L., Pill, J., & Storch, N. (2014, June 4-6). Transitioning from university to the workplace: Stakeholder perceptions of academic and professional writing demands. Paper presented at Language Testing Research Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Pill, J., Elder, C., McNamara, T., & O’Hagan, S. (2014, June 4-6). Beyond the limits of universal criteria: Using indigenous criteria in assessing clinical communication in ESL. Paper presented at Language Testing Research Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Knoch, U. & Elder, C. (2014, June 4-6). Tensions between general language frameworks and language-specific achievements: the case of Asian languages in Australia. Paper presented at Language Testing Research Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Woodward-Kron, R., Elder, C., & Pill, J. (2014, June 19-21). Patient-centred communication in an English language screening test for health professionals: Locating clinical engagement and interaction in candidate performance. The Language of Medicine: Science, Practice and Academia – An International Conference, Bergamo, Italy.
  • Woodward-Kron, R., Pill, J., & Elder, C. (2014, June 26-28). Patient-centred communication in an English language screening test for health professionals: Locating clinical engagement and interaction in candidate performance. Communication, Medicine and Ethics Conference, Lugano, Switzerland.
  • Zhang, Y., O’Hagan, S., & Pill, J. (2014, July 10-13). Expanding the construct underlying speaking assessment criteria in OET. CLESOL Conference, Wellington.

2013

  • Knoch, U. (2013, December 11). The development and validation of the Academic English Screening Test (AEST). Invited talk at the University of Technology Sydney.
  • Elder, C. & Knoch, U. (2013, November 27-29). Post-entry English language assessments in the university context: How diagnostic are they? Paper presented at ALANZ/ALAA Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Knoch, U., Rouhshad, A. & Storch, N. (2013, November 27-29). What happens to ESL students’ writing after three years of study at an English medium university? Paper presented at ALANZ/ALAA Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Roever, C. & Elder, C.  (2013, November 27-29). Testing an expanded construct of pragmatic ability for L2 Learners. Paper presented at ALANZ/ALAA Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Pill, J., Elder, C., McNamara, T., O’Hagan, S. & Woodward-Kron, R. (2013, November 27-29). How much is enough? Standard setting on a specific-purpose English language test for health professionals. Paper presented at ALANZ/ALAA Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Pill, J. (2013, October 29). How much is enough? Standard setting on a specific-purpose English language test for health professionals. Paper presented at the OET Forum, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Roever, C. (2013, October 29). The ‘shelf life’ of language proficiency: research findings and recommendations for policy. Paper presented at the OET Forum, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Knoch, U., (2013, October 29). Building a validity argument for the OET. Paper presented at the OET Forum, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Elder, C. (2013, July). Outcomes-based language frameworks: Can they accommodate the diversity of language learner achievements? Paper presented at the LSSA SAALA SAALT Conference, South Africa.
  • Clerehan, R. & Elder, C. (2013, July 11-13). Medical terms in patients’ words. Paper presented at the Communication, Medicine and Ethics Conference, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • McNamara, T., O'Hagan, S., & Pill, J. (2013, July 11-13). Extending the scope of speaking assessment criteria in a specific-purpose language test for migrating health professionals. Paper presented at the Communication, Medicine and Ethics Conference, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Pill, J. (2013, July 11-13). An exploratory model of what doctors value in the doctor-patient consultation. Paper presented at the Communication, Medicine and Ethics Conference, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Frost, K., Kim, H., Pill, J., Fraser, C. & Knoch, U. (2013, July 3-5). Investigating test takers processes on an LSP ‘skim and scan’ reading task: A validation study of the Occupational English Test. Paper presented at LTRC, Seoul, Korea.
  • Knoch, U. & Elder, C. (2013, July 3-5). Post-entry English language assessments at university: How diagnostic are they? Paper presented at LTRC, Seoul, Korea.
  • O’Hagan, S., Pill, J. & Zhang, Y. (2013, July 3-5). Expanding the construct underlying speaking assessment criteria in a specific-purpose language test. Paper presented at LTRC, Seoul, Korea.
  • Pill, J. (2013, June 24-27). What doctors value in the doctor-patient consultation: An exploratory model. Paper presented at the Australia and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Annual Conference, Melbourne.
  • Knoch, U. & Elder, C. (2013, June 7). A framework for evaluating post-entry language assessments. Paper presented at the AALL Symposium ‘Degrees of proficiency: Building a strategic approach to university students’ English language assessment and development’, University of Sydney, Sydney.
  • Ginther, A. & Elder, C. (2013, May 23-26). The use and interpretation of English proficiency test scores in the graduate admissions process. Paper presented at the conference of the European Association of Language Testing and Assessment, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Pill, J., O’Hagan, S., Zhang, Y. & Elder, C. (2013, May 23-26). Evaluating the impact of applying indigenous assessment criteria in an LSP test. Paper presented at the conference of the European Association of Language Testing and Assessment, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Frost, K. (2013, March 16-19). Language testing and immigration in the Australian context: Test impact from the perspective of migrants. Paper presented at AAAL, Dallas, Texas.

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

2011

  • Knoch, U., Hamp-Lyons, L., Storch, N., Phakiti, A., Bitchener, J., East, M. and Basturkmen, H. "New directions in the assessment of writing." Symposium at Joint Conference of the Australian Association of Applied Linguistics and the Association of Applied Linguistics of New Zealand, Canberra, Australia, December 2011
  • Knoch, U. "Fluency in writing: the reader's perspective." Paper presented at the Joint Conference of the Australian Association of Applied Linguistics and the Association of Applied Linguistics of New Zealand, Canberra, Australia, December 2011b
  • Elder, C. "How can language tests contribute to developing context-sensitive descriptions of school achievement in Asian languages? The case of SAALE." Paper presented at invited colloquium: Assessing Language Development Joint Conference of the Australian Association of Applied Linguistics and the Association of Applied Linguistics of New Zealand, Canberra, Australia, December 2011c
  • Pill, J. and Harding, L. "Defining the language assessment literacy "gap": a case study." Paper presented at the ALAA 36th Congress, University of Canberra and the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, November/December 2011
  • O'Hagan, S. R., Pill, J., Elder, C., McNamara, T. and Woodward-Kron, R. "Are linguistic assessment criteria defensible for LSP assessment?" Paper presented at the ALAA 36th Congress, University of Canberra and the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, November/December 2011
  • Knoch, U. "Task type and discourse across TOEFL iBT writing score levels." Paper presented at the Task-based language learning conference, Auckland, New Zealand, November 2011a
  • Elder, C. "Meeting the English language needs of students entering higher education: what role for assessment?" Paper presented at the Symposium on English Language Proficiency, University of Queensland, Australia, November 2011b
  • Elder, C. "Post-entry English language assessment in Australian universities: issues and prospects." Paper presented at the Australian International Education Conference, Adelaide, Australia, October 2011a
  • Pill, J. and Neve, G. "The Occupational English Test: Recent developments and the project 'Towards improved healthcare communication'." Paper presented at the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 2011 Assessing Authorities Meeting, Australia, October 2011
  • Scarino, A., Elder, C., Kohler, M., Iwashita, N., Kim, S-H. and Scrimgeour, A. "Enriching understandings of the contribution of language background and time-on-task to school achievement in Asian languages." Symposium presented at the Australian Modern Language Teachers' Association, Darwin, July 2011
  • Pill, J., Elder, C., McNamara, T., Woodward-Kron, R., Manias, E., McColl, G. and Webb, G. "Feedback on GP registrars' interactions with patients: Investigating what matters." Poster presented at the Communication, Medicine and Ethics Conference, University of Nottingham, UK, June 2011
  • Harding, L. and Pill, J. "The virtuous assessor: Marking decisions as ethical decisions." Paper presented at the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment Conference, Siena, Italy, May 2011
  • Woodward-Kron, R., Elder, C., McNamara, T. and Pill, J. "Are linguistic assessment criteria ethically defensible for LSP assessment?" Paper presented at the 8th Annual EALTA Conference, Universit√† per Stranieri, Siena, Italy, May 2011
  • O'Hagan, S. R. "Variability in assessor responses to English NS and NNS undergraduate essays: an issue for assessment quality in higher education?" Invited presentation at the Seminar Series of Key Researchers in TESOL, University of Sydney, Australia, February 2011