Call for Papers

Conference Theme:
Traditions of Language Testing Innovation

We would like to encourage presentations that emphasize and explore the value of:
(a) Traditions of quality assurance, validity and ethics in language testing
(b) Innovations in language assessment design, use and evaluation

Proposal Receipt Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018
Notification: Early July 2018

We invite proposals from colleagues in academia and education, government, and for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. ECOLT encourages students, researchers, test developers and teachers to present papers or posters on projects related to language testing.

PAPERS: (30 minutes)
This format is best suited for theory-oriented discussions/debates or the presentation of completed research. Presenters will have 20 minutes to discuss their papers, followed by 10 minutes for questions and comments from the audience.

POSTERS: (1 hour)
Poster sessions will provide an opportunity for the presentation of work in progress and research that is being planned, as well as for the presentation of test development projects, new tests and technological innovations. Poster presenters will interact with interested participants at the location of the poster display for an hour.

Contribution to the field
Quality of the research and/or theoretical ideas and/or test innovation
Clarity of the abstract

To submit a proposal, fill out the ECOLT 2018 submission template. Your submission should be sent as an email attachment to by May 25, 2018. The file name and email subject line should read: ECOLT18ABS_ LastNameFirstInitial (e.g. ECOLT18ABS_ChoY).

Abstracts should be between 200 and 300 words, single spaced. They should be clearly written and concisely address the following:
Context of the issue(s) researched or discussed
Purpose of the study, theoretical discussion or development project
Summary of the approach, methodology or analytical procedures used
Implications/significance to the field of language testing


1. The 2018 ECOLT conference will take place over 2 days, and it will feature pre-conference workshops, two plenaries and an expanded number of presentation slots. Visit the website to view a preliminary program and find out more. 
2. There will be an award for the best student paper presented. To be considered, all authors on student papers must be actively enrolled graduate students at the time of the conference.

We look forward to seeing you at ETS in October 2018!

John Norris, ECOLT Chair
Yeonsuk Cho, Program Chair 

To download the Call for Papers click here