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Where: Stranmillis University College, Belfast, Northern Ireland

When: 2-5 pm, 6th June 2024

The aim of the AI in LA SIG is to provide a dedicated forum for discussing and sharing knowledge and practices in the use of AI in language testing and assessment. This SIG has its own website where the members and convenors started a digital library, media library, etc.

EALTA 2024 conference website https://ealta-belfast-2024.org/


Where: Bilkent University, Ankara, Türkiye

When: 30 May – 1 June 2024

Olena Rossi’s talk is entitled: “Assessment of language through AI: Opportunities, challenges, and future directions”

In this talk, I will focus on using artificial intelligence for language assessment. The talk will start with an overview of opportunities and challenges of applying AI to various areas of language assessment. These include automated scoring, automated feedback, remote proctoring, computer-mediated interactive testing of productive skills, as well as text and item generation. The second part of the talk will cast a deeper look into the prospects of using generative AI tools such as ChatGPT, Bing as well as commercial AI-powered item writing platforms for producing language test items. In discussing this topic, I will summarise recent developments in the field, talk about my personal experience producing test items with AI, and touch upon some recent research. I will dwell both on the great opportunities AI has created for the classroom as well as larger-scale testing, and on the substantial challenges the use of AI has presented.

Conference website https://prepconf.bilkent.edu.tr/


Past events

Dr Olena Rossi gave a presentation at the IATEFL TEASIG Online Event Developing assessment tasks for the classroom

Where: online

When: Saturday 09 September 2023, 09:00 – 12:30 UK time.

Olena Rossi’s talk is entitled “Using technology to write language test items: Opportunities and challenges”

In this presentation, I will focus on how technology can be used in the process of producing language test items. I will first discuss the role of corpus tools in item development. This includes using online profilers such as EDI Papyrus or Lextutor to grade test materials, as well as using L1 and learner corpora to select salient language for testing, to write naturally-sounding items, and to create strong distractors. I will then proceed to discuss the prospects of using AI tools such as ChatGPT and Bing for text and item generation. I will dwell both on the great opportunities Artificial Intelligence has created for the classroom as well as larger-scale testing, and on the substantial challenges the use of AI has presented.

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