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Timeline of Events

MwALT submission window February 1 - April 13, 2018
Notification of decisions on submissions Late May, 2018
Graduate Student Paper Award deadline May 31, 2018
Registration window Now - September, 2018
Pre-conference workshops September 21, 2018
MwALT 20 September 22, 2018

 

Friday, September 21, 2018:

WIDA and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) are co-facilitating two pre-conference workshops on the academic language development of ELLs in the K–12 context. These workshops provide an opportunity for participants to review authentic samples of spoken and written language from English language learners (ELLs), analyze the linguistic features of these samples, and discuss how test developers create scoring rubrics and performance descriptors that capture key characteristics of the performances. Each workshop includes hands-on activities and discussion using responses from students in Grades 1-5 to the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test.

Participants can sign up for one or both of the half-day workshops.

Workshop I: Spoken Language

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm CDT
Facilitators: Meg Montee, Center for Applied Linguistics & Mark Chapman, WIDA

This workshop will focus on assessing and scoring students’ academic spoken language. The workshop will begin with an overview of the ACCESS 2.0 test construct and task design, including the use of model responses on the test that exemplify target response characteristics. Then, participants will review and analyze student responses at a variety of grade and performance levels and discuss approaches to developing a rubric and scoring scale descriptors that reflect differences in performance levels. Finally, participants will review the WIDA ACCESS 2.0 Speaking Scoring Scale and practice applying it to student language.

Workshop II: Written Language

Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm CDT
Facilitators: Jing Wei, Center for Applied Linguistics & Heather Elliott, WIDA

This workshop will focus on assessing and scoring students’ academic written language. The workshop will begin with an overview of the ACCESS 2.0 test construct and task design. Then, participants will review and analyze student responses at a variety of grade and performance levels, and discuss approaches to developing a rubric and scoring scale descriptors that reflect differences in performance levels. Finally, participants will review the WIDA ACCESS 2.0 Writing Scoring Scale and practice applying it to student language.

 

Saturday, September 22, 2018:

MwALT at a Glance

Note: The start times listed here are tentative and subject to change.

On-site registration: 8:00am
Coffee/light refreshment: 8:00am
Opening Remarks: 8:30am
Plenary: 8:45am
Concurrent Sessions: 10:00am
Lunch: 12:00pm
Poster Session: 1:00pm
Concurrent Sessions: 1:45pm
Afternoon Refreshments: 3:15pm
Awards/Closing Remarks: 4:30pm
Reception: 5:00pm