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TALPS presentation wins award at Anéla gathering in Leiden

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on Saturday, 15 March 2014 in Tests

Jo-Mari Anna Pot of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, who recently did an internship with ICELDA and completed a dissertation on the diagnostic information yielded by our Test of Academic Literacy for Postgraduate Students (TALPS), has won a prize at the Juniorendag of Anéla. Anéla is the Dutch association of applied linguistics/Nederlandse Vereniging voor Toegepaste Taalwetenschap.

She did a poster presentation on the efficient assessment achievable by using TALPS, and the theoretical defensibility of the way that it measures the ability to handle academic discourse. Her proposal, backed up by empirical analyses of test results, is to consider splitting the test into two parts, with a number of tasks in a first test that are entirely in multiple choice format to be followed by a longer and substantial writing section in a second test. This redesign will be one of several suggestions for the improvement of TALPS that are sure to be followed up in subsequent refinements of the test.