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The Language Testing Forum 2013 was held in Nottingham on November 15 - 17, 2013. It was co-hosted by the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University. The conference organizers were Norbert Schmitt and Diane Schmitt. The theme for the featured sessions of LTF 2013 was "Language Testing: Past, Present, and Future". The 'past' was covered by Cyril Weir in his pre-dinner opening talk on Friday evening, which looked at some of the issues and events in the development of language testing. The 'present' consisted of the papers and posters presented at LTF 2013, highlighting current issues in language testing. The 'future' was addressed in two ways. Glenn Fulcher gave the closing talk and discussed some of the challenges and directions of future language testing. The conference also had an 80-minute session in which Ardeshir Geranpayeh, Cathy Taylor, Norbert Schmitt, and Glenn Fulcher discussed what it takes for aspiring and developing language testing specialists to be successful in the job market and in publishing.

Presentation PowerPoints



John Field Listening tests; Past, present, and future


Melanie Colley, Jeremy Hancock, and Ying Zheng An investigation into raters' experience of rating different linguistic features

FULCHER - Reflections on the future of language testing


Haiping Wang

Establishing an academic listening construct – from a cognitive perspective

Shen Ying, Ya-xiong, and Wei Xiao-xioa

Measurement of the relationship between receptive and controlled productive vocabulary knowledge

Chamnan Para

Awashback study of the English test in the Thai university entrance examination on Grade 12 students and English teachers

Nicola Latimer

Investigating the cognitive validity of reading-into-writing tasks

Rukthong Anchana

Investigating the listening construct underlying listening-to-summarize tasks

Gillian Horton-Krueger

Investigating washback of Cambridge English examinations in German school contexts

Pictures from the Conference


LTF2013 thanks the following sponsers for their very generous support of the conference and especially our student delegates.

British Council

Cambridge English Language Assessment

Educational Testing Service

Oxford University Press


Trinity College London