1st Announcement of 2018 Conferences


Title: Listening and Writing Workshop & Assessing World Languages Conferences

Location: University of Macau 

Dates: October 30 – November 2, 2018

DEADLINE for submission of Abstracts: June 30, 2018

E-mail address for Abstracts: FAH.AWL@um.edu.mo

 

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Department of English at the University of Macau is pleased to announce the L&W Workshop and AWL Conference. The Listening and Writing Conference aims to offer language assessment training to graduate students and ELC staff. The Assessing World Languages Conference aims to offer a platform for discussion of current issues in assessment of world languages.

 

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute presentations and posters. They should be in Word format and not more than 300 words. We are looking for presentations and posters that are typically under-represented: languages other than English; multilingual/plurilingual classroom contexts; teacher-based assessments; and assessment policy. DEADLINE for submission of Abstracts: June 30, 2018.

 

Confirmed invited speakers

Priya Abeywickrama, San Francisco State University

Yuyang Cai, Education University of Hong Kong

Alister Cumming, University of Toronto

Liz Hamp-Lyons, University of Bedfordshire

Lorena Llosa, New York University

Rama Mathew, Delhi University

Gary Ockey, Iowa State University

James Purpura, Teachers College, Columbia University

David Qian, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Erik Voss, Northeastern University

Qin Xie, Education University of Hong Kong

Elvis Wagner, Temple University

Hongwen Cai, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Nathan Carr, California State University, Fullerton

José Pascoal, University of Lisbon

 

Conference Chairs

Antony John Kunnan, Cecilia Zhao, and Matthew Wallace

University of Macau

 

The Workshop and the Conference are partially funded by the University of Macau’s Research and Development funds.

The language of the Workshop and Conference will be English although simultaneous translation into Mandarin and Portuguese will be available if requested. More details will follow on the AWL2018 Conference website regarding registration and accommodation.

 

For any inquiries, please contact:

FAH.AWL@um.edu.mo or akunnan@um.edu.mo

 

Conference Schedule


Dates: 30 October – 2 November 2018

At E21, University of Macau

Conference Chair: Antony John KUNNAN

Associate Conference Chairs: Cecilia ZHAO & Matthew WALLACE

 

Day 1, 30 October [Tuesday]

9:00 – 16:50

E21, Black Box Theater (G-036) or G-035

TimeEventSpeaker & TitleVenue
 

9:00 – 9:15

 

Registration and OpeningWelcome Opening

Honggang JIN & Antony John KUNNAN

University of Macau

Black Box Theater

(G-036, E21)

 

9:15 – 10:15

 

Talk 1If L2 Writing Prompts L2 Learning, What Should be Assessed, and How?

Alister CUMMING

University of Toronto

 

10:20 – 11:20

 

Talk 2Building an Argument for a Meaning-Oriented Model of L2 Proficiency

James PURPURA

Teachers College, Columbia University

11:20 – 11:40Group photo & Break
 

11:40 – 12:40

 

Talk 3Researching Dynamic Assessment in Second Language Classrooms: Trends and Issues

David QIAN

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

 

G-035, E21

12:40 – 14:00Lunch Break
 

14:00 – 15:00

 

Talk 4Test Development of Test of Academic English

Antony John KUNNAN & LASeR Group

University of Macau

G-035, E21
 

15:00 – 16:00

 

Panel DiscussionEvaluation of Listening and Writing

Gary OCKEY 

Iowa State University

Elvis WAGNER 

Temple University

Alister CUMMING 

University of Toronto

Priyanvada ABEYWICKRAMA 

San Francisco State University

Erik VOSS 

Northeastern University

16:00 – 16:20Break
 

16:20 – 16:50

 

Talk 5Report on Effect of Phonemic and Semantic Radicals on Chinese Characters

Limei ZHANG

Singapore Centre for Chinese Language

 

G-035, E21

 

Day 2, 31 October [Wednesday]

9:00 – 17:20

E21, Black Box Theater (G-036) or G-035

TimeEventSpeakerVenue
9:00 – 9:15Registration
 

9:15 – 10:15

 

Talk 6Assessment at the Intersection of Content and Language: What Exactly Should be Assessed?

Lorena LLOSA

New York University

 

 

 

 

G-035, E21

 

 

 

 

10:20 – 11:20

 

Talk 7Which English for Large-scale Proficiency Tests of Writing, and Why?

Liz HAMP-LYONS

University of Bedfordshire

11:20 – 11:40Break
11:40 – 12:40Talk 8Construct Specification for Diagnostic Assessment of Academic Writing in English of Chinese University Students

Qin XIE

Education University of Hong Kong

 

 

Black Box Theater

(G-036, E21)

12:40 – 14:00Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00Talk 9Moving Towards Authenticity in Assessing L2 Listening

Gary OCKEY

Iowa State University

Elvis WAGNER

Temple University

G-035, E21
16:00 – 16:20Break
16:20 – 17:20Talk 10Natural Language Processing and Feature Selection for Automated Language Scoring & Evaluation

Erik VOSS

Northeastern University

G-035, E21

 

Day 3, 1 November [Thursday]

9:00 – 17:00

E21, Black Box Theater (G-036)

TimeEventSpeaker & TitleVenue
9:00 – 9:15Registration
 

9:15 – 10:15

 

Talk 11Challenges in Developing Standardized Tests of Sinhala Language Proficiency

Priyanvada ABEYWICKRAMA

San Francisco State University

Black Box Theater

(G-036, E21)

 

10:20 – 11:20

 

Talk 12Defining Constructs in Research – Vocab, Syntax in IELTS Listening

Hongwen CAI

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

11:20 – 11:40Break
 

11:40 – 12:40

 

Talk 13Examining Claims Underlying the B1 Level CILS Exam—A Certification Test of Italian as a Foreign Language

Sabrina MACHETTI

University for Foreigners of Siena

James PURPURA

Teachers College, Columbia University

 

Black Box Theater

(G-036, E21)

12:40 – 14:00Lunch Break
 

14:00 – 14:30

 

Talk 14Test Takers’ Cognitive and Metacognitive Strategy Use in L2 Writing Assessment

Linyu LIAO & Cecilia ZHAO

University of Macau

 

Black Box Theater

(G-036, E21)

 

 

 

14:35 – 15:05

 

Talk 15Applicability of Automated Scoring of Short-answer Constructed Response in Korean Writing Test

Kyung Sun KIM

National Institute for International Education

15:10 – 15:40Talk 16Formal and Informal Assessment in the Esperanto Courses at the Kunming College of the Arts

Alessandra MADELLA

Kunming College of the Arts

15:40 – 16:00Break
16:00 – 17:00Talk 17Assessing Portuguese worldwide: Issues on Context and Cognitive Validity

José PASCOAL

University of Lisbon

 

Black Box Theater

(G-036, E21)

 

Day 4, 2 November [Friday]

9:15 – 13:00

E21, Black Box Theater (G-036)

TimeEventSpeaker & TitleVenue
9:15 – 10:15Talk 18Investigating Speaking and Writing Dependability Using Multiple Approaches

Nathan CARR

California State University, Fullerton

Black Box Theater

(G-036, E21)

10:20 -11:20Talk 19If the Era of Assessing Content in Language Assessment Has Come, Is the Assessment Community Ready to Welcome? Issues and Solutions

Yuyang CAI

Education University of Hong Kong

11:20 – 11:40Break
11:40 -12:40Talk 20My Tryst with Tests: Lessons Learnt

Rama MATHEW

Delhi University

Black Box Theater

(G-036, E21)

12:45 – 13:00Closing & Photo Taking

Cecilia ZHAO & Matthew WALLACE

University of Macau

Map of the University of Macau (UM)


Map of Macau


Map of Hong Kong and Macau


Getting to UM


Route 1: Macau – UM

Macau Outer Harbour Terminal – UMa. Take free hotel shuttle bus to the Galaxy, then transfer 71/73 to SUL DA UNIVERSIDADE;

b. Take free hotel shuttle bus to the Venetian, then transfer 72 to SUL DA UNIVERSIDADE;

Taipa Ferry Terminal – UMa. Take free hotel shuttle bus to the Galaxy, then transfer 71/73 to SUL DA UNIVERSIDADE;

b. Take free hotel shuttle bus to the Venetian, then transfer 72 to SUL DA UNIVERSIDADE;

Macau International Airport – UMa. Take free hotel shuttle bus to the Galaxy, then transfer 71/73 to SUL DA UNIVERSIDADE;

b. Take 51A to CIDADE NOVA/VENETIAN, then transfer 72 to SUL DA UNIVERSIDADE.

Route 2: Border Gate – UM

a. Take free hotel shuttle bus to the Galaxy, then transfer 71/73 to SUL DA UNIVERSIDADE;

b. Take free hotel shuttle bus to the Venetian, then transfer 72 to SUL DA UNIVERSIDADE;

Route 3: Hong Kong – Macau – UM

Hong Kong International Airport – Macaua. Cotai Water Jet – Taipa (10:15, 12:45, 14:15, 16:15, 19:00, 21:00);

b. Turbojet – Outer Harbour (11:00, 13:15, 17:00, 22:00)

Sheung Wan – Macau a. Cotai Water Jet – Taipa (7:00-23:30, every 15 or 30 minutes)

b. Turbojet – Taipa (8:50, 15:50, 16:50, 17:50)

Turbojet – Outer Harbour (7:00-6:00, every 15, 30 or 60 minutes)

Route 4: Taxi to UM

Taxis are also easily accessible outside these places. You can also make a reservation in advance. For more detailed information, please refer to

http://182.93.34.74/macau-taxi-call/taxiCall/toMacauTaxiCallPage.do.

 

UM Free Loop Shuttle Bus


Route: Postgraduate Houses Bus Stop (PGH) → Anthony Lau Building (E4) →University Hall (N2) → Administration Building (N6) →Faculty of Science and Technology (E11) → Humanities and Social Sciences Building (E21) → Faculty of Law (E32) → Corridor next to Postgraduate Houses (S4) Postgraduate Houses Bus Stop (PGH)

School daysService hours
Mondays to Fridays07:30 – 08:30, 10:00 – 12:00, 15:00 – 17:00, 19:00 – 23:15 (15 minutes per run)

08:30 – 10:00, 12:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 19:00

(10 minutes per run)

Saturdays7:30 – 23:15 (15 minutes per run)
Sundays & Public holidays10:00 – 17:45 (15 minutes per run)

*The conference will be held at E21, you can take the shuttle bus from PGH to E21, then walk to the venue. The same way can take you back to the PGH.

UM Wi-Fi


*Enable the Wi-Fi function of your devices then connect to the SSID: “UM_WLAN_PORTAL”.

*After connecting successfully, open a web browser with any website. Your browser will lead you to the following page:

*At the login page, enter username and password and to log in. Username and password will be

given after checking in.

Note for the captive portal service:

*DO NOT transmit any private or confidential data using this network since captive portal connection will not encrypt any data.

Macau Power Adapters


The best power adapter for Macau is a Type G plug adapter, which is suitable for powering any 220-volt device or appliance.

Gallery


Group photoOpening, Prof. Antony Kunnan(Conference Chair) & Dean Honggang Jin, University of Macau

Prof. Alister Cumming, University of Toronto

Prof. James Purpura, Teachers College, Columbia University

Prof. David Qian, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Prof. Antony Kunnan & LASeR Group, University of Macau

Prof. Lorena Llosa, New York University

Prof. Liz Hamp-Lyons, University of Bedfordshire

Prof. Gary Ockey, Iowa State University

Prof. Elvis Wagner, Temple University

Prof. Rama Mathew, Delhi University

Prof. Priya Abeywickrama, San Francisco State University

Prof. Nathan Carr, California State University, Fullerton

Prof. Erik Voss, Northeastern University

Prof. Hongwen Cai, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Prof. Qin Xie, Education University of Hong Kong

Dr. Yuyang Cai, Education University of Hong Kong

Prof. José Pascoal, University of Lisbon

Closing, Prof. Cecilia Zhao & Prof. Matthew Wallace, University of Macau

LASeR Group, University of Macau

Some spectacular moments in the Black Box Theatre

Some spectacular moments in the Lecture Hall