The revised deadline for submitting abstracts for the BAAL TEA SIG conference is fast approaching: Tuesday, 10 January 2017.

Diane Schmitt (Nottingham Trent University) will be giving an invited talk and the programme will include a panel discussion where discussants from University of Northampton and University of Sheffield report and discuss their EAP practice.


Friday 31 March 2017, 10:00 – 16:45

University of Northampton, UK

More information:


BAAL TEA SIG is holding a one-day conference on the theme of Innovations in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) assessment.

The BAAL TEA SIG invites proposals for this event related to the main theme and covering one or more of the sub-themes below. (These sub-themes are intended to capture major areas of interest but are not intended as an exhaustive list. Proposals on other aspects of the main theme, Innovation in EAP Assessment, will also be considered).

  • Integrating EAP teaching with assessment
  • Assessment literacy training for teachers in EAP programmes
  • Language testing theory and EAP teaching practice
  • EAP program reform: integrating assessment in design, implementation, and program evaluation
  • The role of assessment in EAP support: pre-sessional and in-sessional provision

We hope to build on the successful TEA SIG events over recent years, and encourage EAP practitioners with an interest in assessment as well as language testing researchers and professionals to attend and share ideas and experiences.


Prospective participants are invited to submit an abstract to, by Tuesday, 10 January, 2017. Proposals should be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment of no more than 250 words (the word limit is included as a review criteria). Proposals will be accepted for presentations of 30 minutes—20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for Q&A—or posters. All submissions must contain the following information: at the top of the submission, above the abstract.

Title: 15 words maximum

Presenter information: Full name and title (Title + First Name + FAMILY NAME). The first author listed will be used as the main contact point for notification from the organizing committee, and will be responsible for notifying any co-authors. For each presenter, please include Occupation (e.g. researcher, teacher, student—PhD, Masters, etc.); Institutional affiliation; Contact (email address)

(Revised) Timeline

  • Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday 10 January 2017
  • Acceptance notification: Tuesday 24 January 2017
  • Registration begins: Tuesday 31 January 2017
  • Provisional programme: Tuesday 31 January 2017

We gratefully acknowledge the generous financial support of the British Council for this event.

Jamie Dunlea, Luke Harding, Chihiro Inoue, Nahal Khabbazbashi, Susan Sheehan, Parvaneh Tavakoli

BAAL TEA SIG committee