Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments

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An Intern’s Words: YunDeok Choi

September 11, 2017

CaMLA’s internship program provides professional training and research opportunities for English language teaching and assessment professionals and graduate students. In 2017, CaMLA welcomed two interns. The following is from YunDeok Choi, one of our 2017 interns.

YunDeok Choi did her MA in Second Language Studies at University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, her MS in Linguistics at Georgetown University, and received her BA in English Language and Literature from Sunkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea. She currently is working on her PhD dissertation study, “Investigating the Validity of a Graphic-Prompt Writing Test: An Argument-Based Approach,” under the guidance of Professor Carol Chapelle, and is teaching an oral communication strategies class for international students at Iowa State University.

YunDeok with Cambridge Michigan assessment staff.

YunDeok (center) with some of the Cambridge Michigan team.

I became interested in the CaMLA internship for two reasons. First and foremost, CaMLA is a well-established testing company that is well known to many testing people, and many graduate students desire to work at CaMLA (either as an intern or as a full-time worker). So I thought that I would learn a lot about language testing best practices, especially with regard to test development. Secondly, I read the previous interns’ words on the website and the impression that I got was that CaMLA had a warm and hard-working environment full of approachable people. I had never worked at a testing company before, so I wanted to start my career at a friendly place where I could get a lot of support. CaMLA was by far a greater place than I expected.

In my internship I hoped to gain hands-on professional experience in language testing; I wanted to learn what testing professionals did, and how they did the work. Before starting the internship program, I had only a vague idea. However, while doing the internship, I began having clearer ideas about their business and work—I learned the importance of teamwork by observing and participating in the projects that CaMLA staff involved—luckily, I worked on some of the projects (small part of an item bank project and test revision project) with them. My main project (primarily individual, but I worked under Nic May’s guidance) was creating a report that addressed the feasibility of machine scoring of writing for several of CaMLA’s tests. This involved a thorough literature review and an analysis of several of CaMLA’s current writing tasks.

I am sure the practical hands-on experience at CaMLA at both an individual and a team level will be helpful for my future career as a language testing professional, without regards to the place I work (either a school or company). And I think there’s no better place to work than CaMLA, and to live than Ann Arbor. CaMLA guarantees a quality life for their staff, including interns, and Ann Arbor is a place full of pleasant events and activities; people will never get burned out working at CaMLA and living in Ann Arbor.

ECCE 2015 Report now available

August 1, 2016

The ECCE 2015 Report is now available for download.

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ECPE 2015 Report now available

August 1, 2016

The ECPE 2015 Report is now available for download.

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Spaan research grants awarded for 2016

January 28, 2016

Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments (CaMLA) is pleased to announce the recipients of Spaan research grants for 2016:

  • Ute Römer and Jayanti Banerjee: “Validating the MET speaking test through phraseological analysis: A corpus approach to language assessment”
  • Ruslan Suvorov: “Investigating test-taking processes and strategies during a computer-based MET: Evidence from eye tracking”

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Young Learners Tests of English (YLTE) 2014 annual report available

February 23, 2015

The YLTE 2014 Report is now available for download. In the report you’ll find information such as total number of test takers; the countries where the YLTE was administered; distribution of results for the exam as a whole; and, the distribution of results by section. YLTE reports are primarily intended for parents, language instructors, and researchers in language testing or other relevant fields.

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At TESOL 2015 you’ll find a lot going on with CaMLA

February 12, 2015

Going to be at TESOL 2015 in Toronto from March 25–28? If so, make sure you stop by Booth 1621 (that’s the CaMLA booth, by the way!).

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Announcing the recipients of Spaan research grants for 2015

January 9, 2015

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Spaan research grants:

  • Ildiko Porter-Szucs, Cynthia Macknish, and Barry DeCicco: “The CaMLA speaking test: Face-to-face v. computer delivery”
  • Xun Yan and Shelley Staples: “Investigating lexico-grammatical complexity as construct validity evidence for the ECPE writing tasks: A multidimensional analysis”

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Jayanti Banerjee elected as treasurer of ILTA

January 8, 2015

The International Language Testing Association (ILTA) has announced that Jayanti (Jay) Banerjee, CaMLA’s research director, has been elected to serve as treasurer of the organization.

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Computer-based CaMLA English Placement Test coming in 2015

December 22, 2014

CaMLA (Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments) is pleased to announce that in early 2015 it on February 1, 2015, it will begin selling an online version of the CaMLA EPT. The computer-based (cb) CaMLA EPT will contain the same content as the paper-based forms you are already familiar with.

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Apply for a CaMLA internship in language assessment and research

November 10, 2014

Applications are now open for the 2015 CaMLA Internship Program.

The CaMLA internship program provides professional training and research opportunities for English language teaching professionals and graduate students. Successful applicants work closely with CaMLA teams on English language assessment tasks and projects that are appropriate to their interests and skills.

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