March 2021

Writing Retreat “Online edition“

Dates: 18/19 March 2021, 9 am – 5 pm


Thursday, 18 March

9:00   Hello and getting structured

9:30   Dissertation_individual projects: Ximena: Strategic processing in an integrated writing task

10:30  Break

11:00  Dissertation: General aspects A: “How to bring things to an end” – Formalities and Procedure for handing in the dissertation – see Sonja’s ppt

12:00  Conferences A: Chairing conference sessions
Intro presenter / title >> keep time and signal time >> moderate questions (maybe you’ll have to stop long windy questions ;-), maybe via chat function >> think of one or two questions yourself in case nobody asks >> then link to following presentation

13:00  Lunch break

14:00  Working independently

15:00  Working independently

16:00  Working independently

16:30  Feed-up

17:00  End

Friday, 19 March

9:00       working independently

10:30     Dissertation_individual projects: Valeriia: Proposal

11:30     Break

12:00     Dissertation_individual projects: Anika: Free-floating session on quantitative aspects

13:00     Lunch break

14:00     Conferences B: Writing abstracts  write a concise summary of the key points of your research. Your abstract should contain at least your research topic, research questions, participants, methods, results, data analysis, and conclusions. You may also include possible implications of your research and future work you see connected with your findings. Your abstract should typically be no more than 250 words.

15:00     Working independently

16:00     Working independently

16:30     Feed-up

17:00     End

December 2020

Research in times of Covid

Research in times of Covid – our research group got input on “rating scales for integrated text products” today from our colleague Santi Lestari (PhD student at Lancaster). It was lovely to have participants in our colloquium from different locations (Lancaster, London, Frankfurt, Bremen), and we enjoyed a rich variety of cultures (Colombian, German north middle n south, Greek, Russian, Ukrainian).

September 2019

International Collaboration: Visit from Cuba

At the end of August, a delegation of guest researchers from Cuba visited us for two weeks to continue working on their project “Developing a Certification System for English and Developing Language Assessment Literacy”. They also held four interesting presentations on language teaching in Cuban universities and entered into an exchange with some teachers and coordinators of the Languages Centre.

We were happy to have you here!


April 2019

L@B Graduation: PhD viva Sibylle Seyferth

We are very happy to share great news: On the 3rd of April, our team member Sibylle Seyferth successfully defended her PhD thesis on „Mündliche Leistungsmessung im Fremdsprachenunterricht. Entwicklung eines Beurteilungsrasters für Sprechkompetenzen im Französischunterricht zum Ende der gymnasialen Sekundarstufe I in Bremen“. The thesis was supervised by Prof. Andreas Grünewald and Prof. Claudia Harsch at the University of Bremen.

Congratulations, Sibylle – we are very proud of you!


ILTA newsletter: Introducing the PhD project of L@B member Voula Kanistra

Voula Kanistra’s Phd project on „Exploring the feasibility of using the Item-Descriptor (ID) matching method to establish the beginning of a B2 level test“ (supervised by Prof. Claudia Harsch) is introduced in the GRADUATE STUDENT CORNER rubric of the recent ILTA newsletter

Congratulations, Voula!


Presidency: With regards to the new president of the LAALTA

On the 1st of April, our colleague and former guest researcher, Salomé Villa Larenas, started her service as the first President of the Latin American Association for Language Testing and Assessment (LAALTA), a new non-profit organization, which seeks to promote best practices in language assessment and testing in educational and professional contexts in Latin America.  

Congratulation to Salomé and LAALTA!