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Language Testing: August 2014
August is usually the month when I go over the Language Testing website to make sure that everything is working pretty much as it should. I'll be adding a number of additional journals to the updates pages, and running regular checks to make sure that the jobs and news sections are capturing all the assessment and testing news. No new features or podcasts this month, but all the regular daily site updates as usual. I hope you have a great summer.


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Conferences: The LTRC 2015 call for papers is out, with a closing date of 31st August 2014. That's quite tight, so get your skates on! Awards: Applications for the Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award should be submitted by 16th September. Coming Soon: The next podcast will be released some time in late September or October 2014, and will feature Fred Davidson and Cary Lin on statistics in language testing.


Current Feature:
Multiple Choice Items.
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: Home
Information about the TOEFL tests and services are available online. Try the TOEFL practice questions.

ETS Home
English Language Learning and Assessment > Resources and solutions for nonnative English speakers and English-language programs, institutions and organizations

About.com English as 2nd Language - Learn English as a ...
Ten reasons why you should learn English - or continue to learn English. These are reasons that have nothing to do with getting a good grade on a test.

Educational Testing Service (ETS)
English Language Learning and Assessment > Resources and solutions for nonnative English speakers and English-language programs, institutions and organizations

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 ...

IELTS Academic Writing Part 1, test 2 - text ...
IELTS Academic Writing part 1, test 2. The graphs below give information about commuting inside and outside London in 2009. Summarise the information by selecting and ...

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

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 ...

Edufind - English grammar resources, exercises, and tests
Edufind.com is a collection of free English language tools and references for English learners, English teachers, and users of the English language.

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

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!

TOEFL® Prep- and TOEFL® Preparation -- 120 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.

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 ...

English Language Community - Learning English vocabulary ...
Learn English language. Interactive, online grammar and vocabulary tests. Interactive exercises for all levels.

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 ...

TOEFL Grammar Quiz - About.com English as 2nd Language
This TOEFL grammar quiz focuses on the type of English grammar at a level generally found on the TOEFL test with follow-up corrections.

UsingEnglish.com - English Language (ESL) Learning Online ...
Question bank for students, language forum, tests, language news for teachers, and an irregular verb list program.

BBC Languages ? Free online lessons to learn and study with
Free online language learning: courses, audio, video and games, including the alphabet, phrases, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, activities and tests

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 ...

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


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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Language check: English training and tests for newcomers - Times of India
30 August, 2014

Language check: English training and tests for newcomers
Times of India
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is commonly requested by universities and colleges when apply...


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Language check: English training and tests for newcomers - Times of India
30 August, 2014

Language check: English training and tests for newcomers
Times of India
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is commonly requested by universities and colleges when apply...


Everyone Admires China's Great Education System -- Except the Chinese
29 August, 2014
Conventional wisdom suggests that the Chinese are eating our lunch, in part because of the superiority of their education system. In 2012, the year of the most recent Programme ...

Use of 'language of deceit' betrays scientific fraud - New Scientist
29 August, 2014

Use of 'language of deceit' betrays scientific fraud
New Scientist
Stapel's outrageous fraud provided the ideal testing ground. "He produced a tremendous amount of writing," says ...


Most Parents Like Their Child's Education, But Not The Common Core, Poll Shows
29 August, 2014
Even as American students continue to post underwhelming results on international exams, most parents are pleased with the education their child is receiving.

A poll from Gall...

More put learning Chinese to test in European Union - Chinadaily USA
28 August, 2014

Chinadaily USA

More put learning Chinese to test in European Union
Chinadaily USA
More people in European Union countries have taken Chinese-language proficiency tests in recent ye...


Florida School District Sets Precedent By Opting Out Of State Testing
28 August, 2014

By Letitia Stein
TAMPA, Fla., Aug 28 (Reuters) - A Florida school district is opting out of all state-required testing, a move that experts said on Thursday set...

Texas School Funding Still Unconstitutional, Judge Rules
28 August, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ? A judge declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional for a second time Thursday, finding that even though the Legislature pumped an extra $3 billi...



Florida Officials Will Fight Feds Over Testing of English-Language Learners - Education Week News (blog)
28 August, 2014

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Florida Officials Will Fight Feds Over Testing of English-Language Learners
Education Week News (blog)
Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined state education Commissioner Pam ...


Investigation underway for Gülenists cheating on TOEFL exams - Daily Sabah
28 August, 2014

Investigation underway for Gülenists cheating on TOEFL exams
Daily Sabah
ISTANBUL ? Prosecutors launched an investigation into allegations that Gülenists were involved in irregula...


Common-Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment - Education Week News (blog)
25 August, 2014

Education Week News (blog)

Common-Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment
Education Week News (blog)
The PARCC testing consortium has decided to cut out some o...


 
     
 
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