Teaching English for Academic Purposes at German Universities

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 still open (closes September 30th 2017).

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.

Preliminary Programme

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

(anticipated time: 9.30-17.00)

Atta Gebril, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the American University, Cairo, will lead a workshop on source-based writing assessment. This will involve input sessions as well as hands-on-activities. Atta will address some of the key issues around task design and scoring of integrated writing assessments.

Saturday, 18th of November: Presentations by SIG participants

(anticipated time: 9.30-early noon, depending on the number of presenters)

Proposals for papers or work-in-progress presentations in research areas related to the assessment of writing and/or assessment for academic purposes can be submitted until the 30th of September 2017. Slots for presentations will be 30 minutes in total (20 minutes for the presentation + 10 minutes for discussion. For more information, please see the Call for papers.

A more detailed programme will be made available here in October 2017.


Online registration opens soon.  

The meeting is free.


  • 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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