Presentations

2018

  • Knoch, U. (2018, October). Exploring context and construct in rating scale design. Invited keynote presentation, Conference of the Asian Association for Language Assessment, Shanghai, China.
  • Fan, J. (2018, October). "Working towards professional standards for language test developers in China: A survey of teachers’ perceptions of language testing practice". Conference of the Asian Association for Language Assessment, Shanghai, China.
  • Elder, C., Knoch, U., Harradine, O. (2018, July). Language requirements for Australian citizenship: Insights from a senate enquiry. Language Testing Research Colloquium. Auckland.
  • O’Hagan, S., Knoch, U., Czajkowski, M., Macqueen, S. and Wattam, C. (2018, July). "Testing readiness for university entry: An investigation of writing proficiency level and the strategic behaviours involved in integrated listening-and reading-to-write performances," LTRC, Auckland.
  • Huisman, A., Nakane, I., Watanabe, Y. and Knoch, U. (2018, May). "L1 transfer as a source of bias on an online Japanese placement test: Finding a solution to a technology-derived problem," EALTA, Bochum, Germany.

2017

  • Frost, K (2017, November). "The dynamics of test impact: Individual experiences of negotiating English test score requirements within Australia’s skilled migration policy," Joint conference of ALANZ/ALAA/ALTAANZ, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Knoch, U., Elder, C., Flynn, E., Manias, E. and 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
  • Knoch, U., Elder, C., McNamara, T., Woodward-Kron, R., Manias, E., Flynn, E. and Huisman, A. (2017, July). "How to move from indigenous criteria to a useable rating scale? Evolving guidelines for LSP test developers," Language Testing Research Colloquium, Bogota, Columbia
  • Knoch, U., Elder, C., McNamara, T., Woodward-Kron, R., Manias, E., Flynn, E. and Huisman, A. (2017, July). "Using profession-specific criteria to inform rating scale development on a specific purpose writing test: a way forward for test developers?" Symposium on Second Language Writing, Bangkok, Thailand
  • O’Hagan, S. and 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
  • O’Hagan, S. and Frost, K. (2017, November). "Assessing the English speaking skills of classroom teachers: Perspectives of test takers and teacher educators on the relevance of a domain-specific variant of a general proficiency test," Joint conference of ALANZ/ALAA/ALTAANZ, Auckland, New Zealand

2016

  • 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, 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. and Mcnamara, T. (2016, July). "Assessing writing proficiency for healthcare purposes: what criteria matter to doctors?" Paper presented at COMET 2016, Aalborg
  • 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 and 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. and 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 and 19
  • 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
  • Knoch, U. and 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. and 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. and 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
  • Pill, J. and 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. and McNamara, T. (2016). "Assessing the English language skills of International Medical Graduates: revalidating the writing task of a specific purpose language test," Ottawa and ANZAHPE conference March 2016, Perth
  • Zhao, C. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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., and 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. and 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. and 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. and Knoch, U. (2014, November 21). "Adaptive imitation: Formulaicity and the words of others in L2 writing"
  • O’Hagan, S., Frost, K. and 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. and 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. and 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. and Knoch. U. (2014, November 27-29). ALTAANZ conference, Brisbane, Australia
  • Elder, C., McNamara, T., Woodward-Kron, R., Pill, J. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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., and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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