LTL Class of 2019

Language Testing at Lancaster

The Language Testing at Lancaster (LTL) course is for those individuals or teams whose work or personal interests involve them in language test construction and development at the local or national level.

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We look forward to welcoming participants to the 2021 summer school. The planned dates for 2021 are:

  • Weeks 1 & 2 – 12-23 July 2021
  • Week 3 – 26-30 July 2021
  • Week 4 – 2-6 August 2021

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is currently uncertain whether the summer school will be able to proceed in this planned format. We will consider the options available and post an update on this page in January 2021. Please check back then for further information.

Weeks 1 & 2 Theory and Practice in Language Test Development

Our tutors for this course usually include  Dr Rita GreenProfessor Tineke BrunfautProfessor Luke Harding and Dr John Pill

This two-week course will help participants build on their knowledge of language testing by providing theoretical input on issues central to language testing and hands-on opportunities to develop test items / tasks.

The sessions usually include input on:

  • the principles of language testing (validity, reliability and practicality)
  • the testing of reading, listening, writing and speaking
  • standard setting
  • statistics for language testing

Week 3: Classical Test Theory (using SPSS)

This course is usually taught by Dr Rita Green

This one-week course:

  • introduces participants to the role of descriptive and inferential statistics in language testing
  • familiarises participants with running and interpreting analyses such as item reliability, t-tests and ANOVA. [Note that participants are expected to be familiar with the mechanics of SPSS (data entry) and have an understanding of descriptive statistics.]

Week 4: Introduction to Modern Test Theory (using Winsteps/Facets)

This course is usually taught by Dr Rita Green

This one-week course in applied statistics:

  • introduces participants to item response theory
  • familiarises participants with the mechanics of Winsteps and Facets
  • offers participants the opportunity to explore and discuss such aspects as convergence tables, variable maps/vertical ruler, item and person statistics (degree of fit, error), distractor analysis, rater measurements etc.

During the morning sessions of both weeks 3 and 4, participants are introduced to the programs and analyses mentioned above while in the afternoons participants are provided with different data sets and supplementary worksheets so they may re-visit these analyses.

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Planned course dates for 2021

Weeks 1 & 2: 12-23 July 2021 

Classical Test Theory: 26-30 July 2021

Introduction to Modern Test Theory: 2-6 August 2021


Deadline for applications 

The deadline for applications is 15th June 2021.

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Accommodation is available for participants in simple self-catering en-suite study bedrooms located on campus. This can be arranged by the course director. The cost per night will be approximately £35 (to be confirmed).

Alternative accommodation can be found in Lancaster itself or at the hotel situated on the Lancaster University campus. Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements for these types of accommodation.

Lancaster University is set in a park-land campus amidst beautiful countryside, within easy reach of the historic city of Lancaster. The campus has a full range of shops and eating places. In addition, the city of Lancaster offers plenty of variety with pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas.

Students can make use of all the general resources of the University, including the Library, the extensive Sports Centre, and the public computer laboratories. The University also has its own Health Centre.

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To apply for the course please download and complete the Language Testing at Lancaster Application Form‌.

The deadline for applications is 15th June 2021.

For further details please contact:

Dr Rita Green, Course Director 
Tel: + 44 (0)1748 884112 
Website: Dr Rita Green