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Language Testing January 2015
Welcome to the Language Testing Resources Website in 2015. And it's a great start to the year. First up is a new podcast featuring Martin East on Assessment Reform, to accompany his article on the same topic in Language Testing 32(1). Then there's the Language Testing Review of the Year 2014, in which I look back at the past year's testing news stories from around the world. 2015 is also the 20th anniversary of the launch of this website, which first appeared on 1st May 1995. It doesn't seem quite so long that I've been updating and adapting it. Speaking of which, I have a number of new features planned for 2015, all based around my new book, which is due out some time in the summer. So keep an eye open for new content throughout the year.
Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2015.


What is Language Testing?
                    

Conferences: The LTRC 2015 website is up and running early as the conference is in the Spring. The call for papers for AALA 2015 has been extended to 20th January.
Coming Soon: The next podcast will be available in April 2015. The topic is aviation English, which I will discuss with Hyejeong Kim of Melbourne University. I'm also planning a new feature on the use of correlation in langauge testing, which should be available around February or early March. Watch this space for further details.


Current Feature:
Language Testing Review of the Year 2014.
Click on the 'Features' link to see selected topics that have previously appeared in the features slot. These are changed up to four times a year, providing short pieces on subjects of interest to students of language testing and assessment.


The Language Testing Bookstore is an Amazon affiliate. We try to keep the store up to date with all books on language testing currently in print. These are arranged under a number of categories from general texts, to specialist areas of testing and assessment. You can also find texts on educational measurement and statistics that are commonly used in language testing programmes. All books ordered through the bookstore are delivered by Amazon.


Information Alert Services
The website has a number of free Information Alert Services that are designed to help you keep up to date with what is going on in the world of language testing & assessment. These services use webslicing, which is a web feature introduced with Internet Explorer 8. Information on how webslicing works is available on the site's technical page. When you subscribe to a webslice a tab is placed on the favourites bar of Internet Explorer and you are alerted whenever the information is updated. You can currently subscribe to any of the following services:

Language Testing News: Available on this page. When you subscribe your browser will check for new language testing stories on this website every few hours. Go straight to the top story, or come back to this page to see all new stories in the world's media. Frequency: Daily.

Jobs4U: A daily roundup of jobs in testing and assessment. You see just the most recent job available in the alert, but just click to go to the employment page where you will find all the new positions just advertised. Frequency: Daily.

Article Alert: Checks the language testing journals and many applied linguistics and educational research journals for articles on language testing. When you receive an alert, go to the page to see all the new articles that have just been published. Frequency: Weekly.

Language Testing Bytes: Notification of new issues of the podcast so you can download them from this website. Frequency: 3 - 4 times annually.

Language Testing on Youtube: Keep up with the videos published by testing, assessment and media companies. Frequency: Variable.

Also available is this website's bulletin with periodic information about updates and other language testing news. Frequency: variable.


Most Visited Language Testing Websites This Week
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - ETS Home
Information about the TOEFL tests and services are available online. Try the TOEFL practice questions.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Dedicated to promoting the study of foreign languages and cultures as an integral component of American education and society. Information on events, testing ...

ETS Global ? ETS Global provides standardised English ...
ETS Global is a wholly owned subsidiary of ETS. ETS is the world leader in standardised English tests as the TOEIC and the TOEFL tests.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System| Home
Handbook, test explanations and information about obtaining practice material.

Free English Tests for ESL/EFL, TOEFL , TOEIC , SAT , GRE ...
Free short English stories for ESL/EFL students. How many different ways with words do you know? Start exploring the English language today!

World English : test, learn and study the English language ...
English on the internet. The best online resource for English as a second or foreign language (ESL / EFL), English exercises and activities, online English lessons ...

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - For English as a ...
Listening Quizzes for Academic Purposes [ Prepare for TOEFL/TOEIC Tests with These Lectures, Interviews, and Conversations ]

Exam English - Free Practice Tests for IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC ...
Exam English Home Page. This web site is for people studying for an English language exam. These pages contain free online practice tests for the most important ...

Pearson - PTE Academic - The English test that takes you ...
PTE Academic is the English test for study abroad and immigration. Get your English test results within five business days!

IELTS | Test Takers Home Page
IELTS is the world's leading test of English for higher education, immigration and employment. Education institutions, faculties, government agencies and professional ...

Educational Testing Service (ETS)
ETS is committed to advancing quality and equity in education for all people worldwide through assessment development, educational research, policy studies and more.

IELTS - the International English Language Testing System ...
IELTS - free practice listening and reading tests for general and academic modules

International English Language Testing System - Wikipedia ...
The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language ...

TOEFL Prep Test - Free English Tests for ESL/EFL, TOEFL ...
TOEFL is an acronym that stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. It measures your proficiency in the English language in an academic context.

Activities for ESL/EFL Students (English Study)
Free Online English Learning: Study English with Quizzes, Tests, Crossword Puzzles, Exercises and other activities for students of English as a second language.

IELTS-Blog - IELTS exam preparation for free
IELTS-blog has everything you need to prepare for IELTS exam by yourself. You will find here valuable information about the IELTS test, strategies, tips and

IELTS International English language test system | Take IELTS
Take IELTS English test with British Council. IELTS ? The worlds leading English test of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Book your IELTS test NOW!

TestMagic - Free GMAT , GRE, SAT Test, TOEFL practice tests
Offers SAT, GMAT, SSAT, ISEE, and TOEFL test preparation courses in San Francisco, California, United States. Also offers free tests, sample essays, grammar exercises ...

The TOEFL Test: Find Your Format - ETS Home
The TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the Internet, is offered more than 50 times a year at ETS-authorized test centers throughout the world.

Free English Tests for ESL/EFL, TOEFL®, TOEIC®, SAT ...
Practise your understanding of English with a series of free, graded online tests aimed at students taking the TOEIC and TOEFL examinations. Along with stories that ...


Humour
Testing and assessment is serious because it can affect the lives of test takers, institutions, and society. But like all human and social activities, there is a humorous side as well. So after all the heavy stuff in the rest of this website, you may enjoy looking at testing in a rather different way, in the humour page, where you'll find video, audio, cartoons and other fun stuff related to testing and assessment.


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