Thursday, 20 September 2012

ALTAANZ Conference in Sydney

ALTAANZ Conference

"Innovative Language Assessment: Challenges and Complexity"

Date: 9-10th November, 2012

Venue: Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney

The Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ) conference will take place from November 9-10, 2012 in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney, with pre-conference workshops held on November 8, 2012.

Plenary Speakers

Carol Chapelle (Iowa State University)
John Read (University of Auckland)
Carsten Roever (University of Melbourne)

Each of these speakers will also deliver a workshop prior to the conference, with topics including assessing vocabulary, argument-based validity, and assessing pragmatics.

The conference has been designed to facilitate a focus on research and researchers on Friday 9th, with a policy symposium, works-in-progress session and a research methods strand, and a focus on teachers and the role of assessment in teaching and learning on Saturday 10th, with two symposia on classroom-based assessment. In addition, papers on formative assessment in classroom contexts, post-entry language testing and support, and assessment literacy have been scheduled on the Saturday.

Thus the conference will be relevant to both teachers and researchers with an interest in language assessment. 

One day registration is available, and the early bird registration closes on September 30th.  

Further information (including the conference program, registration and workshop)

Map to Faculty of Education and Social Work

The Faculty of Education and Social Work is located on the Camperdown Campus. It is in the Education Building (A35) on Manning Road and is between the Old Teachers’ College and Manning Bar. To obtain a map, visit:

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Research Seminars in TESOL and Language Studies

The TESOL Research Network and The Office of Doctoral Studies in
Faculty of Education and Social Work invite you to attend the following seminar presentation:

'Writing and doctoral supervision'
Professor Anthony Paré
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Date: Wednesday 14th November 2012
Time: 1.00 – 2.00 pm
Venue: Old Teachers College 448, The University of Sydney

Although writing in primary, secondary, and undergraduate education has been widely studied, the writing of doctoral students has remained largely under-examined. Increasingly, though, as knowledge moves centre stage in all sectors of society, doctoral education has been declared a vital infrastructure issue by governments around the world. At the same time, trends toward growing competitiveness in higher education have added more pressure on doctoral students and their supervisors for timely degree completion and a strong early publication record. These trends raise new questions about writing development in doctoral education. For example, what writing demands and pressures do doctoral students and supervisors identify? How do they solve the writing problems they experience? What effect does the supervisory relationship have on success? Are supervisors and students given the institutional support they need? What actually transpires during supervisory sessions dedicated to doctoral writing? Drawing on survey data, interviews, focus group discussions, and transcripts of supervisory meetings, this presentation considers the challenges supervisors and students face during the dissertation writing process, and examines as well as some of the successful strategies they develop.

About Anthony Paré

Anthony Paré is a professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University. He was a founding member of the University Writing Centre and its long-time director. He has taught and studied writing for 30 years. His research examines academic and workplace writing, situated learning, school-to-work transitions, the development of professional literacies, and doctoral writing. He teaches courses in literacy, discourse theory, response to literature, and writing (practice and theory). His publications include books, chapters, and articles on topics related to the study and practice of academic and professional communication.

Suggested readings


Aek Phakiti (


This is a free seminar. Please RSVP your participation at:

Map to Faculty of Education and Social Work

The Faculty of Education and Social Work is located on the Camperdown Campus. It is in the Education Building (A35) on Manning Road and is between the Old Teachers’ College and Manning Bar. To obtain a map, visit:

Monday, 3 September 2012

University of Sydney Papers in TESOL

Volume 7, June 2011

Volume 7 of the University of Sydney Papers in TESOL is available for free access. This volumes includes 3 research papers as follows:

Article 1: Language awareness and its relevance to TESOL
Elizabeth M. Ellis

Article 2: A comparison of learners’ and teachers’ attitudes toward communicative language teaching at two universities in Vietnam
Khoi Mai Ngoc and Noriko Iwashita

Article 3: Transitioning From Māori-medium to English-medium education: The experiences and perspectives of three students
Hamish Weir

Call for Papers for Volume 8, 2013

Editors: Marie Stevenson and David Hirsh

The University of Sydney Papers in TESOL is a peer-reviewed journal published by the TESOL Research Network in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Australia. The University of Sydney Papers in TESOL is currently accepting manuscripts for review for Volume 8, 2013. 



The University of Sydney Papers in TESOL invites submissions from academics and research students seeking to disseminate their work to the wider community. Postgraduate research students are particularly encouraged to submit a paper as a sole author or with their supervisor.

Types of submissions

  • A research report
  • A discussion piece which raises and debates issues on a particular topic
  • A review of a topic of interest to people working in the area of TESOL
  • A review of a book of interest to people working in the area of TESOL

Word length

Up to 8,000 words (including tables, figures, references and appendices) for research reports. Other submissions, such as book reviews, may be considerably shorter.


Information for contributors

Important deadlines

  • 800-word abstract submission: by November 20, 2012
  • Full paper submission for peer review: by February 20, 2013
  • Anticipated publication date: September 2013

Abstract/full paper submission:

Inquiries: Dr Marie Stevenson ( or         Dr David Hirsh (

Saturday, 1 September 2012

University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Events

Pre-TESOL Colloquium Workshops (August 31, 2012)

Today’s students are the future of our TESOL discipline. Our heart-felt thanks go to Professor Jack C Richards and Professor Anne Burns for their professional service to our TESOL community.

Teaching Listening by Professor Jack Richards

Teaching Speaking by Professor Anne Burns

TESOL Research Network Colloquium 2012 (September 1, 2012)

The Roar Power!

The University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium is a forum to discuss and share research in the area of TESOL as well as to encourage future research collaboration in this area. This year's colloquium includes presentation sessions on a wide range of TESOL and TESOL-related research. It also includes a networking session for people working in the area of TESOL research. Our thanks and appreciation go to the keynote presenters, Professor Rod Ellis, Associate Professor Huizhong Shen and Dr Lindy Woodrow, all the presenters and student volunteers who helped this event run so smoothly.

TESOL Colloquium Evaluation Survey

If you have attended this year's TESOL Colloquium events including the workshop(s), we would appreciate your feedback on these events. Please find the URL below. It will take less than 5 minutes to complete. Thank you and see you next year.