Introduction


The Language Assessment Seminar Research (LASeR) Group works out of the Language Assessment Seminar Room. The group focuses on research related to large-scale assessment, assessment literacy, quantitative analysis, and assessing young learners in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. The group is now working on several projects, which include development of questionnaires and tests, data collection in several schools in Mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and data analysis using SPSS v.24. The group has presented posters at international conferences. The group is currently planning the organization of the Assessing World Languages conference October 30 – November 2, 2018. They meet regularly in the seminar room (E21-2103) to plan and discuss these projects.

Introduction

Room facilities


The room is equipped with a computer and printer with specialized software such as SPSS, AMOS, and Coh-Metrix along with books and materials related to the software. It also has an oval seminar desk with chairs suitable for seminars and workshops. It can be used as a site for data collection and a workspace for students and faculty members.

Language Assessment Library


We are building a language assessment library. We have some of the well-known scholarly books and journals on language assessment. All students and faculty members can access journal articles online. Recently, we received test materials from many organizations including:

Cambridge English Language Assessment, UK

Educational Testing Services, Princeton, USA

Language Training and Testing Center, Taipei, Taiwan

TestDaF-Institut, Bochum, Germany

Goethe-Institut, Munchen, Germany

St. Petersburg State University, Russia.

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