EALTA Special Interest Groups: Joint Meeting in Bremen

Joint Meeting & Workshop of the EALTA Special Interest Groups Assessment of Writing and Assessment for Academic Purposes

On November 17th/18th 2017, the EALTA SIGs Assessment of Writing and Assessment for Academic Purposes are holding a joint meeting at the University of Bremen, Germany. The 2-day meeting will include a workshop on source-based writing assessment by Prof. Dr. Atta Gebril (The American University of Cairo) and presentations by SIG participants. The Call for papers is closed. 

We warmly invite practitioners with an interest in assessment as well as language testing researchers and professionals to attend the meeting and share ideas and experiences. For more information on EALTA’s Special Interest Groups and details on how to join EALTA and/or a SIG see here.


Friday, 17th of November 2017: Workshop source-based writing assessment 

by Atta Gebril, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the American University, Cairo

There is growing interest in the use of source-based tasks for assessing writing, especially in academic settings. Source-based tasks refer to these activities that require students to use external materials in their writing. This trend is supported by  recent research that has shown a strong relationship between source-based tasks and assignments required in university classes.  Source-based tasks also offer background knowledge to writers as they use ideas from external materials while writing.  However, such tasks come with a host of challenges related to design and scoring. Questions at the heart of this issue include: What are we testing in source-based tasks? Writing skills, or a combination of writing and other skills? What are the criteria for selecting external sources? How many sources should we use with a writing task? What is the nature of task instructions? How should source-based writing be scored? How should we address problems related to inappropriate textual borrowing practices? These questions will be the focus of this workshop. The presenter will provide participants with hands-on experiences that could help them design their own assessment tasks.  As part of the workshop, the presenter will share with participants sample materials, including source- based writing tasks and scoring rubrics. Finally, the presenter will offer ideas for action research projects that writing instructors can conduct in their classes.

Saturday, 18th of November: Presentations by SIG participants

Presentations will mainly deal with topics from research areas related to the assessment of writing and/or assessment for academic purposes. The call for papers is closed. 

A detailed programme can be found here


Registration is now closed.




  • For questions on proposals, the program, EALTA/SIGs, please contact

Peter Holt, Coordinator SIG Assessment for Academic Purposes, King's College, London (pete.holt@kcl.ac.uk)

  • For questions on the venue, traveling/accommodation, registration, please contact

Anika Müller-Karabil, University of Bremen (mueller.karabil@uni-bremen.de)

Venue and how to get there

The joint SIG meeting will take place in the “Selbstlernzentrum” (Independent Learning Centre for Languages) at the University of Bremen.


Universität Bremen


Gebäude GW2  A3070 (3rd floor, next to the elevators)

Universitäts-Boulevard 13

28359 Bremen

The campus is located approx. 5 km outside the city centre. Information on how to reach the campus can be found here.


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