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November 26 (Monday), 4:00-5:20pm, Location: 1002 Lincoln Hall
Dr. Laurent Dekydtspotter, Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Title: "Toward a Process-Memory Account of Non-native Sentence Processing"
February 7 (Thursday), 5:00pm, Location: 1002 Lincoln Hall
Dr. Yeonsuk Cho, Research Scientist, Center for English Language Learning & Assessment, ETS
Title: "Language Testing Research at English Testing Service – Past and Presen"
Standardized English language tests are ubiquitous in college admissions and English language programs, but an understanding of how research supports such assessments is limited. The purpose of this talk is to describe the role and nature of language testing research conducted at Educational Testing Service (ETS), a non-profit educational research organization that develops and administers international standardized language tests such as the TOEFL iBT® and TOEIC®.
In this talk, I will first provide an overview of research support at ETS and the value that research adds to the organization. I will then discuss how the focus of language testing research at ETS has evolved over the years from an emphasis on the psychometric quality of an assessment to an emphasis on the relevance and meaning of test content and scores to score users. Current research has far-reaching impacts on language tests developed by ETS: influencing test design, evaluating ETS’s claims about its assessment products, and improving communication and relationships with stakeholders. I will use recent research activities to illustrate how research conducted at ETS plays an integral role in advancing existing language assessments and leading innovation. This talk is intended to help the audience, graduate students in particular, get acquainted with research conducted outside academia.