Dr Luke Harding

Senior Lecturer

Profile

Research interests

My research interests are mainly in the area of language assessment, particularly: listening, speaking, assessor decision-making, language assessment literacy, and the challenges of World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca for language assessment. My recent research projects have investigated the comparability of raters of speaking across international contexts, the extent to which raters orient towards comprehensibility or 'nativeness' in applying a pronunciation assessment scale, and the development of principles to guide diagnostic language assessment of reading and listening (with Prof. Charles Alderson and Dr Tineke Brunfaut). I am also currently working with Dr Sam Kirkham and Dr Claire Nance on a project to describe the phonetics of Dutch Burgher English.

Selected publications:

Harding, L., Alderson, J.C. & Brunfaut, T. (2015). Diagnostic assessment of reading and listening in a second or foreign language: Elaborating on diagnostic principles. Language Testing, 32(3), 317-336. [This article is open-access, available at: http://ltj.sagepub.com/content/32/3/317.full.pdf+html]

Alderson, J.C., Brunfaut, T. & Harding, L. (2015). Towards a theory of diagnosis in second and foreign language assessment: Insights from professional practice across diverse fields. Applied Linguistics, 36(2), 236-260. [This article is Open Access, available at: http://applij.oxfordjournals.org/content/36/2/236.full.pdf+html]

Harding, L. (2014). Communicative language testing: current issues and future research. Language Assessment Quarterly, 11(2), 186-197.

Pill, J. & Harding, L. (2013). Defining the language assessment literacy 'gap': Evidence from a parliamentary inquiry. Language Testing, 30(3), 381-402. [Post-print version available here].

Harding, L. (2012). Pronunciation assessment. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Harding, L. (2012). Accent, listening assessment and the potential for a shared-L1 advantage: A DIF perspective. Language Testing, 29(2), 163-180. [Post-print version available here. Related podcast - Issue 9 - available here].

Harding, L., Pill, J. & Ryan, K. (2011). Assessor decision making while marking a note-taking listening test: The case of the OET. Language Assessment Quarterly, 8 (2), 108-126. [Post-print version available here].

Harding, L. (2011). Accent and listening assessment: A validation study of the use of speakers with L2 accents on an academic English listening test. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Recent presentations/talks:

Harding, L. & Griffiths, M. (2015). Same organisation, same practices? Comparing raters of speaking across international contexts (oral presentation). University of Copenhagen: 12th European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) conference. Copenhagen.

Brunfaut, T. & Harding, L. (2015). Teachers setting the assessment (literacy) agenda (oral presentation). University of Copenhagen: 12th European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) conference. Copenhagen.

Kremmel, B. & Harding, L. (2015). Developing language assessment literacy profiles for different stakeholders: Needs, lacks and wants (work-in-progress presentation). University of Copenhagen: 12th European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) conference. Copenhagen.

Harding, L. (2014). Adaptability and ELF communication: Next steps for communicative language testing? (invited plenary presentation). Centro de Lenguas Modernas, University of Granada: IATEFL Testing Evaluation and Assessment SIG conference. Granada.

Harding, L. (2014). Validity and validation in language testing (invited talk). United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority: Language Proficiency Testing Meeting. Gatwick.

Brunfaut, T. and Harding, L. (2014). Standard setting in Europe and Asia: Linking listening tests to the CEFR (oral presentation). Warwick University: 11th European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) conference. Warwick.

Harding, L. (2014). How can we know if pronunciation techniques and activities have been successful? Assessing pronunciation in the classroom and beyond (virtual seminar). IATEFL/TESOL Education Programs. [Playback of virtual seminar available here].

Harding, L. (2012). Language testing, World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca: The case for evidence-based change (invited presentation). University of Copenhagen: CIP symposium 2012. Copenhagen. [A video of this presentation is available here].

The IELTS listening test
Holzknecht, F., Harding, L.W. expected in 2017 In: The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Research timeline: pronunciation assessment
Isaacs, T., Harding, L. 12/07/2016 In: Language Teaching.
Journal article

Teachers setting the assessment (literacy) agenda: a case study of a teacher-led national test development project in Luxembourg
Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 22/03/2016 In: Teacher involvement in high stakes language testing. Springer
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Teacher assessment literacy and professional development
Harding, L., Kremmel, B. 03/2016 In: Handbook of second language assessment. Mouton de Gruyter
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

GESE International Examiner Research Project: Final report
Harding, L.W., Griffiths, M. 2016 Trinity College London.
Commissioned report

What do raters need in a pronunciation scale?: the users' view
Harding, L. 2016 In: Interfaces in second language pronunciation assessment. Multilingual Matters
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Diagnostic assessment of reading and listening in a second or foreign language: elaborating on diagnostic principles
Harding, L., Alderson, C., Brunfaut, T. 07/2015 In: Language Testing. 32, 3, p. 317-336. 20 p.
Journal article

Towards a theory of diagnosis in second and foreign language assessment: insights from professional practice across diverse fields
Alderson, J.C., Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 05/2015 In: Applied Linguistics. 36, 2, p. 236-260. 25 p.
Journal article

Review of Geranpayeh, A. and Taylor, L. (Eds.). (2013). Examining listening: Research and practice in assessing second language listening
Harding, L. 01/2015 In: Language Testing. 32, 1, 4 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Adaptability and ELF communication: the next steps for communicative language testing?
Harding, L. 2015 In: Selected proceedings from the IATEFL TEA SIG 2014 conference (Granada).
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Communicative language testing: current issues and future research
Harding, L. 21/05/2014 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 11, 2, p. 186-197. 12 p.
Journal article

Issues in language testing revisited
Alderson, J.C., Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 21/05/2014 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 11, 2, 4 p.
Editorial

Developing English language tests for Luxembourg secondary schools: The Test Design and Evaluation (TDE) project, 2011-2014
Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 2014 Lancaster : Lancaster University. 27 p.
Other report

Linking the GEPT listening test to the Common European Framework of Reference
Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 2014 Taiwan : Language Training and Testing Centre. 75 p.
Other report

Report on the joint IATEFL PronSIG / TESOL SPLIS group webinar
Harding, L., Selman, A. 2014 Speak Out!, 51, p. 63-69. 7 p.
Article

Defining the language assessment literacy gap: evidence from a parliamentary inquiry
Pill, J., Harding, L. 07/2013 In: Language Testing. 30, 3, p. 381-402. 22 p.
Journal article

Pronunciation assessment
Harding, L. 2013 In: The encyclopedia of applied linguistics. Blackwell
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Accent, listening assessment and the potential for a shared-L1 advantage: a DIF perspective
Harding, L. 2012 In: Language Testing. 29, 2, p. 163-180. 18 p.
Journal article

Accent and listening assessment: A validation study of the use of speakers with L2 accents on an academic English listening test
Harding, L. 2011 Frankfurt : Peter Lang. 291 p. ISBN: 978-3-631-60939-2.
Book

Assessor decision-making while marking a note-taking listening test: the case of the OET
Harding, L., Pill, J., Ryan, K. 2011 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 8, 2, p. 108-126. 19 p.
Journal article

Investigating the validity of the ESL VELS student data: Final report
Macqueen, S., Harding, L., Elder, C. 2011 Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victorian State Government.
Commissioned report

Review of the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) speaking test
Macqueen, S., Harding, L. 07/2009
Scientific review

Decision-making in marking open-ended listening test items: the case of the OET
Harding, L., Ryan, K. 2009 In: Spaan Fellow Working Papers in Second or Foreign Language Assessment. 7, p. 99-114. 16 p.
Journal article

Accent and academic listening assessment: A study of test-taker perceptions
Harding, L. 2008 In: Melbourne Papers in Language Testing. 13, 1, p. 1-33.
Journal article

Language Testing and English as an International Language Constraints and Contributions
Elder, C., Harding, L. 2008 In: Australian Review of Applied Linguistics. 31, 3, p. 34.1-34.11. 12 p.
Journal article

Different generations, different needs: Migrant youth in English language programs
Harding, L., Wigglesworth, G. 2005 In: Prospect: An Australian Journal of TESOL. 20, 3, p. 6-23. 18 p.
Journal article