Invited Keynotes, Presentations and Workshops

08/2016: EALTA Summer School: Assessing Speaking and Writing. Universität Innsbruck, Austria.

09/2015 Key Note Exploring the potential of dynamic assessment for fostering students’ interculturality. IEREST Symposium, University of Bologna, Italy.

08/2015: Workshop: Designing Good English Tests: From Defining Learning Objectives to Formulating a Test Blueprint. King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

06/2015: Key Note: Conceptualising English as a Lingua Franca for assessment purposes. BAAL Seminar, University of York, UK.

04/2015: Guest lecture: Using Dynamic Assessment for Fostering and Assessing Intercultural Competences among University Students. Edinburgh TESOL and Applied Language (ETAL) Seminar, UK.

11/2014: Plenary Talk: Experiences from introducing Educational Monitoring in Germany. ALTE Conference, London, UK.

05/2014: Plenary discussion: The CEFR and language testing and assessment – where are we now? EALTA conference, Coventry, UK.

04/2014: Keynote: Educational monitoring and the CEFR. International Conference on "Global Trends in Large-Scale Assessment", Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Centre for Assessment, Evaluation and Research (CAER), New Delhi, India.

06/2013: Pre-Conference Workshop: The dual nature of tests: research instrument, and object of research. Post-Graduate Research Conference in Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK.

05/2013: Guest lecture Issues in language assessment. Leuphana-Universität Lüneburg, Institute for English Studies, Germany. Online:

03/2013: Keynote: Assessing Writing: Investigating different rating approaches in terms of their validity. International Seminar at the Regional English Language Centre, Singapore.
Workshop: Comparing holistic and analytic rating approaches.

03/2013: Conference Workshop Enhancing Integration through training and assessing intercultural skills. Integration Summit, University of Warwick, UK.

12/2012: Guest lecture: Aligning Writing Assessment to the Common European Framework. University of Helsinki, Finland.

05/2012: Keynote: Writing Assessment and the Common European Framework of Reference. 11th International ELT Convention at the Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
Workshop: Rating approaches: top-down or bottom-up?

03/2012, with Carol Spoettl: From principle to practice in writing assessment: What can we learn from large-scale tests for classroom assessment? IATEFL TEASIG Pre-Conference Event, Glasgow, UK.

09/2011, with Henning Rossa: Förderung produktiver Sprachkompetenzen – Diagnose und Rückmeldung [Developing productive language skills - diagnosis and feedback]. DGFF-Tagung, Hamburg, Germany.

05/2011: Pre-conference workshop Assessing Writing. EALTA Conference, Siena, Italy.

05/2011: Guest lecture: Rating approaches: top-down or bottom-up? University of Essex, Department of Language and Linguistics, UK.

09/2010: Plenary Talk: Performanzen überprüfen – Synergien zwischen Lern- und Testaufgaben nutzen [Assessing performances: Using synergies between tasks for learning and assessment]. 3rd ÖGSD Kongress of the Austrian Association of Language Didactics, Innsbruck, Austria.

09/2010 Workshop at the DGFF Summer School, University of Bremen: Test development and Test Analysis.

09/2010: Developing and assessing intercultural competence – can dynamic assessment be a way forward? Symposium, BAAL Conference, Aberdeen, UK.

12/2008: Guest Lecture: Bildungsstandards implementieren – Wie geht das? [How to implement educational standards]. Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Germany.

04/2008, with Konrad Schröder: Bridging the Gap: How to Introduce Rating Techniques into the FL Classroom. ALTE Conference, Cambridge, UK.

09/2007: Der “Gemeinsame Europäische Referenzrahmen“, Bildungsstandards und Aufgabenentwicklung [The Common European Framework, Educational Standards and task development]. GMF-Kongress [Affiliation for Language Teachers], Hildesheim, Germany.

11/2007: Keynote: Die Bildungsstandards und der Gemeinsame europäische Referenzrahmen – Bedeutung für den Fremdsprachenunterricht [Educational Standards and the Common European Framework of Reference: Implications for teaching foreign languages]. Lesekompetenzforum der „LernendeRegion Main-Kinzig/Spessart“ [Reading Competency Forum], Mainz, Germany.
Workshop: Förderung des Leseverstehens [Developing tasks to enhance reading comprehension].

05/2006: Results of the DESI study. Test modules C-test and semi-creative writing.Congress of the Centre for Teacher education and School and Classroom Research and the German Institute for International Pedagogical Research]. Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Chairing the forum on consequences for school routines and assessment.

04/2006, with Günter Nold & Konrad Schröder: Testmodule und Ergebnisse der DESI-Studie. [Test modules and results of the DESI-Study]. Gründungskongress des GMF Inaugurating congress of the Affiliation for Language Teachers], Universität Nürnberg-Erlangen, Germany.

11/2005: Der Gemeinsame europäische Referenzrahmen, Bildungsstandards und Leistungserhebung. [The Common European Framework of Reference, Educational Standards and assessment]. EXPO-Lingua, Berlin, Germany.

05/2005, with Konrad Schröder: DESI-Kompetenzniveaus und die Niveaus des GER. [Levels of competency in DESI and their relation to the CEF-Levels]. ALTE 2nd International Conference, Berlin, Germany.

03/2004: Writing Assessment: How the “Common European Framework of Reference” can be used for developing assessment scales. National ELT Conference: Standards in language learning and the Common European Framework, British Council, Berlin, Germany.

03/2003, with Konrad Schröder: Textproduktion in der Fremdsprache: Beteiligte Leistungsdimensionen und Zuverlässigkeit der Beurteilung. [Text production in the foreign language: dimensions of proficiency and reliability of assessment]. AEPF-Symposium, J. W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main, Germany.


Conference Presentations

05/2015, with Ema Ushioda and Christophe Ladroue: Predictive Validity of TOEFL iBT® - informing admissions policy/practice in a UK setting. EALTA conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.

03/2015, with Johannes Hartig: C-tests outperform Y/N vocabulary tests as predictors of receptive language skills. LTRC Toronto, Canada.

11/2014 with Johannes Hartig: C-tests outperform Y/N vocabulary tests as predictors of receptive language skills;
with Ema Ushioda and Christophe Ladroue: Predictive Validity of TOEFL iBT®: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives (poster). Language Testing Forum, Southampton, UK.

06/2014: Organiser and Chair Symposium on Item Difficulty Modelling. LTRC Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Paper presentation with Johannes Hartig: Towards a universal framework of difficulty-determining characteristics – comparing listening and reading test items.
Work in Progress presentation with Ema Ushioda and Simon French: Could a “universal framework” improve TOEFL iBT® score interpretation for students and their tutors?

04/2014: Intercultural Competencies for entering the global workplace – a possible approach to assessment and validation. ALTE Conference, Paris, France.

05/2013, with Johannes Hartig: What are we aligning tests to when we report test alignment to the CEFR? EALTA Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.

11/2012, with Johannes Hartig: Effects of selected item characteristics on difficulty and dimensionality of reading and listening comprehension tests. Language Testing Forum, Bristol, UK.

05/2011, with Henning Rossa: Diagnosing learners’ L2 development – an issue of ethics? EALTA, Siena, Italy.

11/2010: Assessing the Communicative in Intercultural Communication. Language Testing Forum, Lancaster, UK.

05/2010, with Johannes Hartig: An examination of difficulty-determining characteristics in reading and listening tasks. EALTA Conference, Den Haag, The Netherlands.

03/2010: Characterisation of Reading tests - exploration of content, construct and validity. Colloquium Methods in empirical educational research, Hirschegg, Austria.

09/2009, with Olaf Köller & Michael Leucht: Schwierigkeitsgenerierende Merkmale von Items zum Lese- und Hörverstehen im Fach Englisch. [Difficulty-determining characteristics of reading and listening comprehension tests]. Fachtagung für Pädagogische Psychologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Saarbrücken, Germany.

08/2009, with Johannes Hartig & Jana Hoehler: Modelling Item Difficulties for Reading Comprehension in English as a Foreign Language. EARLI Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

07/2009, with Johannes Hartig & Jana Hoehler: Explanatory models for item difficulties in reading and listening comprehension. IMPS Conference, Cambridge, UK.

03/2009: Validation of the Warwick English Language Test. Colloquium „Methods in empirical educational research, Hirschegg, Austria.

02/2009, with Konrad Schröder: Developing Assessment Literacy. International Conference “Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice”. Fachdidaktisches Zentrum CELT, Universität Wien, Austria.

05/2008, with Guido Martin: Evaluation and Control of Rater Reliability: Holistic vs. Analytic Scoring. EALTA Conference, Athens, Greece.

08/2008, with André A. Rupp, Raphaela Oehler & Guido Martin: Rating Quality of Uni-level Writing Tasks linked to the CEFR: Results from G-theory and Facets Analyses. AERA Conference, New York, USA.

03/2008 with Johannes Hartig: Item difficulty modelling. Colloquium Methods in empirical educational research, Austria.

09/2007, with Johannes Hartig: Umgang mit lokalen Abhängigkeiten bei der Skalierung des C-Tests. [Local dependencies of C-Test Items]. Conference of the special interest group Differential Psychology, Personality Psychology and Psychological Diagnosis, Vienna, Austria.

06/2007, with Rita Green: The challenge of constructing a valid writing assessment system based on the CEF. EALTA Conference, Sitges, Spain.

05/2006: How to describe DESI proficiency levels (writing) in terms of the Common European Framework. EALTA Conference, Krakow, Poland.

09/2004, with Konrad Schröder: Kompetenzmodell Textrekonstruktion und Konzeption zur Schreibfähigkeit. [Proficiency models for C-tests and semi-creative writing tasks]. DESI Fachtagung, J. W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main, Germany.

04/2002, with Konrad Schröder: Konzeptionen der DESI-Module C-Test und Semikreatives Schreiben. [Concepts and constructs of the DESI-test moduls C-test and semi-creative writing]. DESI Expertentagung, J. W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main, Germany.