Assessment Symposium 2021

Assessment Symposium
Online from 03 July 2021
‘Live’ Event – Saturday, 17 July 2021

University English Centres Australia (UECA) and Southern Cross University, in collaboration with NEAS, are pleased to present the 2021 UECA Assessment Symposium, July 2021.

This year the Assessment Symposium will be held online for the first time and will be offered at no cost, bringing together ELT Assessment Experts from across the sector to share best practice in English Language Assessment through a range of synchronous and asynchronous presentations.

The ELT Assessment Experts’ presentations will comprise the asynchronous content for the Symposium. Presentations will be available two weeks prior to the Symposium and available for at least one month afterwards on the UECA website. This will allow everyone who registers for the event and views the presentations to receive CPD points for their attendance. Even if you cannot attend on the day, you can still register for the event and access all the presentations.

Through the theme New Directions in English Language Assessment, the Symposium will provide valuable, collegiate opportunities for learning. It will focus on the successes, innovations and challenges of assessment over the past year, including the push and pull of assessing English proficiencies and academic literacies.

The theme New Directions in English Language Assessment will be realised through five streams:

  • Online assessment design
  • Online assessment delivery: pitfalls, workarounds and revelations
  • Alternative assessments: ideas and realities
  • Direct Entry Assessment Standards
  • Online learning for assessment

Our plenary speaker is Dr Christine Coombe, Assistant Professor of General Studies at Dubai Men’s College. Christine is a former TESOL International President and author of numerous language assessment publications. She will join us ‘live’ via Zoom on Saturday, 17 July 2021.

The Plenary will be followed by an Expert Panel Discussion, ‘live’ via Zoom on Saturday, 17 July 2021.

Register here – FREE

The Call for Presenters is now open

If you are interested in presenting, please submit an abstract (up to 250 words) addressing this year’s theme, using the button below. The authors of successful abstracts will be contacted in June and will be provided assistance to create a recorded 10 to 20 minute presentation. This presentation will be uploaded to the Assessment Symposium site.

Online Presenter Application

Please note, the closing date for Presenter Applications is Sunday, 06 June 2021.

Registrations open Monday, 07 June 2021.

NEAS is proud to be the Principal Sponsor of UECA’s Professional Development Events.

Program – From 03 July 2021

Online Presentations
Available online from 03 July 2021
Asynchronous content available on the UECA website to registered participants

Live Event – Saturday, 17 July 2021

Opening & Welcome
Saturday, 17 July 2021
11:00 – 11:20 AEST
‘Live’ via Zoom

Simon Winetroube
UECA President

Thomas Roche
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Southern Cross University

Saturday, 17 July 2021
11:20 – 12:00 AEST
‘Live’ via Zoom

New Directions in English Language Assessment

Dr Christine Coombe
Associate Professor of General Studies, Dubai Men’s College

Saturday, 17 July 2021
12:00 – 12:30 AEST

Expert Panel Discussion
Saturday, 17 July 2021
12:30 – 13:30 AEST
‘Live’ via Zoom

New Directions in English Language Assessment

Cara Dinneen
Associate Director, Learning & Teaching, Macquarie International College

Hora Hedayati
Manager, Education Development, UNSW Global Education

Stephen Walker
Academic Manager – English Language Assessment and Pathway Programs

Will Alderton
Director of Studies (ELICOS) and Melbourne International Campus Lead, CQU English | International & Services Division

Patrick Pheasant
Chief Executive Officer, NEAS

Simon Winetroube
UECA President, Director Curtin English

Register here – FREE