The Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) was held online this year from June 14 to 17, and as has been the custom for several years, TIRF was represented there.
At the awards ceremony, plaques were given to seven TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) recipients – five 2019 TIRF DDG recipients and two 2020 awardees. (Since last year’s LTRC event was cancelled due to the pandemic, recognizing the 2019 grantees was not possible.)
Zhuo Li Doctoral Institution: University of Florida TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Digital Technology in Language Education Dissertation Title: An Exploration into the Writing Ability of Generation 1.5 and International Second Language Writers: A Mixed Methods Approach
Youn-Hee Kim Doctoral Institution: University of Toronto TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: An Argument-based Validity Inquiry into Empirically-derived Descriptor-based Diagnostic (EDD) Assessment in ESL Academic Writing
Kristen di Gennaro Doctoral Institution: Teachers College, Columbia University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Teacher Education Dissertation Title: Adolescent English Language Learners’ Second Language Literacy Engagement in World of Warcraft (WoW)
Erin Marie McCloskey Doctoral Institution: Harvard University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Planning & Policy Dissertation Title: Online Professional Development and Intercultural Competence: A Qualitative Study of Learning Processes and Outcomes
Cecilia Guangfang Zhao (Russell N. Campbell Awardee) Doctoral Institution: New York University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: The Role of Voice in High-stakes Second Language Writing Assessment