Current Projects


Project 1: Assessing literacy among language teachers in schools in Macau and Goa

The project is funded by the University of Macau, 2016-2019.

 

Project 2: A survey of English language proficiency among young learners in Chinese-speaking cities.

The project is funded by the Language Training and Testing Center (LTTC), Taipei, Taiwan, 2016-2017.

(Click here to see the repot: Completed report)

Project 3: Evaluating English language assessments using a fairness-based framework.

The project is funded by the University of Macau, 2017-2020. The project got underway in September 2017.

 

Project 4: An on-line test of academic English (TAE) for use at the University of Macau.

The project is funded by the VRAA’s office at the University of Macau. The project started in October, 2017.

(For more information: https://fah.um.edu.mo/laser/tae/)

 

Project 5: Language assessment for immigration, citizenship, and asylum.

The project started in December, 2018.

(For more information: https://fah.um.edu.mo/laser/language-assessment-for-i-c-a/)

Publications (Recent)


Prof. Antony J. Kunnan

Books

Kunnan, A. J. (2018). Evaluating language assessments. NY, NY: Routledge. 

Kunnan, A. J. (Ed., 2016). Talking about language assessment: The LAQ interviews. NY, NY: Routledge.

Journal articles

Kunnan, A. J., & Saville, N. (2019). Multilingualism and language assessments. In A-B Wendy & J. Bellamy (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Language Standardization (pp. xx-xx). Cambridge, U.K.: CUP. [in press]

Cai, Y., & Kunnan, A. J. (2019). Detecting the language thresholds of the effect of background knowledge on a LSP reading performance: A case of the island ridge. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 42, x-xx.

Kunnan, A. J. (2019). An agenda for language assessment research and pedagogy. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 15(1), 327-333.

Kunnan, A. J., & Liao, L. (2019). Modeling young learners’ self-assessment, learning attitude, and test performance. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 15(2), 701-710.

Cai, Y., & Kunnan, A. J. (2018). The inseparability of content knowledge from LSP ability: Evidence from modeling of bifactor-MIRT based scores. Language Assessment Quarterly, 14(2), 1-21.

Kunnan, A. J., & Carr, N. (2017). A comparability study of the GEPT-Advanced and iBT (TOEFL). Language Testing in Asia, 7, 1-16.

Kunnan, A. J. (2017). Large scale language assessment: Empirical studies. In E. Hinkel (Ed.), Handbook of research in second language learning, 2nd Ed. (pp. 476-489). NY, NY: Routledge.

Hoang, G., & Kunnan, A. J. (2016). Automated essay evaluation for English language learners: A case study of My Access. Language Assessment Quarterly, 13(4), 359-376. 

Sims, J., & Kunnan, A. J. (2016). Developing evidence for a validity argument for an English placement exam from multi-year test performance data. Language Testing in Asia, 6, 1-14.

Liu, S., & Kunnan, A. J. (2016). Investigating the application of automated writing evaluation to Chinese undergraduate English majors: A study of WriteToLearn. CALICO Journal, 33, 71-91.

  

Prof. Cecilia Guanfang Zhao

Zhao, C. G., & Liu, C. J. (2019). An evidence-based review of Celpe-Bras: The exam for certification of proficiency in Portuguese as a foreign language. Language Testing. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0265532219849000

Zhao, C. G. (2019). Writer background and voice construction in L2 writing. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 37, 117-126.

 

Prof. Matthew P. Wallace

Wallace, M. P. (2018). Fairness and justice in L2 classroom assessment: Perceptions from test takers. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 15(4), 1051-1064.

Goh, C. C. M., & Wallace, M. (2018). Lexical Segmentation in Listening. In J. I. Liontas (Ed.), The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching.  doi:10.1002/9781118784235.eelt0603

Christine Liao

Kunnan, A. J., & Liao, L. (2019). Modeling young learners’ self-assessment, learning attitude, and test performance. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 16(2), 701-710.

 

Chengyuan Yu

Liu, C., & Yu, C. (2019). Understanding students’ motivation in translation learning: A case study from the self-concept perspective. Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education, 4(4), 1-19.

Conference Presentations


Prof. Antony J. Kunnan

Plenary talks, Invited talks and workshops

2019

TEPS 20th Anniversary Conference, Seoul.

Multilingualism and assessment. AALA Conference, Hanoi.

Evaluating language assessments in Japan. JLTA Conference, Niigata.

Individual and institutional responsibility in language assessment. Melakka. Malaysia. 

Institutional responsibility in justifying language assessments. HK Institute of Linguists. 

Panel discussion on technology in language assessment. British Council, Hong Kong.

2018

Fairness and Justice in language assessment. KATE Conference, Seoul.

How do we make teachers responsible language assessors? Asia TEFL Conference. Macau.

Fairness and justice in language assessment, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Developing score report cards for teacher, student and parent. City University of Hong Kong.

Diagnostic feedback from classroom assessments. University of Hong Kong.

Multilingualism and language assessment. Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University.

ESP assessment: The case of technology. ALTE plenary talk, Cluj, Romania. 

Fairness and justice in language assessment. ALTE Conference, Cluj, Romania.

Diagnosis feedback as opportunity-to-learn. Workshop at UTHM, Batu Pahat, Malaysia.

Learning about assessment knowledge. ASEAN ELT Conference, Melakka, Malaysia.

2017

Internationally or locally developed language assessments. AFELTA Conference, Taipei.

Workshop on “Learning about assessment knowledge thru scenarios.” AALA Conf, Taipei.

A survey of English language proficiency among young learners in Chinese-speaking cities. AALA Conference, June 2017, Taipei.

Assessing literacy among language teachers in schools in Macau and Goa. AALA Conference, June 2017, Taipei.

Language assessment policies for citizenship. Seoul National University.

2016

Classroom language assessment. Talk. Malaysian International Conference on ELT.

Classroom language assessment. Symposium, Malaysian International Conference on ELT.

 

Prof. Cecilia Guanfang Zhao

2019

A modest proposal for theory-informed writing assessment by design. The 17th Asia TEFL International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.

2018

Writer background and voice construction in l2 writing. The 2018 International Conference on Teaching and Researching EFL Writing, Nanjing, China.

Test takers’ cognitive and metacognitive strategy use in L2 writing assessment.The 2nd Assessing World Languages Conference, Macau, China.

Theory-based approach to writing assessment: A conceptual framework for assessment design and development. The 5th Annual International Conference of the Asian Association for Language Assessment (AALA), Shanghai, China.

Writer background and voice construction in L2 writing. The 17th Symposium on Second Language Writing, Vancouver, Canada.

Writer background and voice construction in l2 writing. The 16th Asia TEFL/ 1st MAAL & 6th HAAL 2018 International Conference, Macau, China.

2017

Teaching and assessingsecond language writing. Invited workshop at Assessing World Languages Conference, Macau, China.

Voice in second language argumentative writing. 16th Symposium on Second Language Writing, Bangkok, Thailand. 

Assessing authorial voice in second language argumentative writing. Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, Hong Kong, China.

 

Prof. Matthew P. Wallace

2019

Opportunity to Learn for the College English Test: Perceptions from Test Takers. The 17th Asia TEFL International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.

L2-listening and executive functioning: A latent variable analysis. AAAL 2019, Atlanta, the United States.

 

2017

Using scenarios to learn about assessment knowledge. AALA Conference, June 2017, Taipei, Taiwan.

 

Linyu Liao

2019

Differential item functioning in GEPT-Kids listening. Paper presented at the 41st Language Testing Research Colloquium, Atlanta. 

Test takers’ cognitive and metacognitive strategy use in L2 writing assessment. Paper presented at the second Assessing World Languages Conference, Macau. 

Grade-related differential item functioning in GEPT-Kids listening. Paper presented at the 5th International Conference of the Asian Association for Language Assessment, Shanghai.

2018

A comparability study on parallel academic IELTS reading tests. Paper presented at the 16th Asia TEFL, 1st MAAL & 6th HAAL 2018 International Conference, Macau.

The effect of peer feedback on English student-teacher training in Chinese higher education. Paper presented at the third Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Foreign Language and Translation Postgraduate Forum, Zhuhai. [Won Third Award] 

 

Don Yao

2019

Macau – A multilingual society but with monolingual practices (Panel talk with Prof. Kunnan). The 6th AALA conference, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Automated writing evaluation for Chinese ESL learners: A case study of Pigai system. The 17th Asia TEFL International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand. 

 

Shelly Ye

2019

Macau – A multilingual society but with monolingual practices (Panel talk with Prof. Kunnan). The 6th AALA conference, Hanoi, Vietnam.

 

Chenyuang Yu

2019

I won’t try my best‘: A narrative inquiry of a Chinese student‘s appropriation of MTI graduation policy. The 17th Asia TEFL International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand. 

 

Coral Qin

2019

Rubric-referenced student self-assessment of English Group Discussion: A Case of Chinese EFL Learners. Paper presentation at the sixth Annual Conference of Asian Association for Language Assessment (AALA), Hanoi, Vietnam. 

Self- and Teacher-assessment of English Group Discussion: A Case of Chinese EFL Learners. Paper presentation at the 17th Asian Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language 2019 Conference (Asia TEFL 2019), Bangkok, Thailand.  

2018

Test Development of Test of Academic English. Symposiums presentation at the 3rd Assessing World Languages 2018 Conference (AWL 2018), Macau, China.  

 

Fiona Yang

2018

English in Macau linguistic landscapes. The 23rd International Association for World Englishes, Manila, Philippines.