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April 2016

This month on the Language Testing website I finally get to release the new look podcast. Language Testing Bytes is now a biannual podcast funded by SAGE publications produced in association with the journal Language Testing. In issue 23 I am joined by Cathie Elder of the University of Melbourne, who is guest editor of a special issue on LSP testing for health professionals. I hope that you like the new podcast design, and even more that you find the discussion and special issue of great interest.


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Conferences: Call for papers for the 3rd MwALT 2016, deadline 13th June.
There is also a call for papers for ECOLT 2016, with a deadline of 3rd June.
Call for papers for ALTAANZ 2016, with a deadline of 18th April.
Grants: TOEFL 2017 Research Grant Applications are invited by 15th July, 2016.
Coming Soon: The next language testing feature will be an audio lecture with supporting material and suggested reading on the theme of context in language testing. I hope to be able to release this in time for some early Spring enjoyment!


Current Feature:
Language Testing Review of the Year 2015.
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 contains academic texts on languge testing. You can also use the Book Search page where you can input your own keywords. If you are a test taker, or preparing to take a test, the test preparation pages have links to the latest student texts, test preparation tips on YouTube, and information on language testing and immigration. We also provide links to many language testing related videos on YouTube.


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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: twice a year.

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


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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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