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Message from the President


Dr. Norby-ChenThe Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) is a strong community of graduate students and professionals that supports work in foreign and second language assessment. Founded at the University of Iowa in 1999 with a mission to serve those in the Midwestern states, our organization has grown beyond those borders, and we are delighted to welcome participants from throughout the United States and beyond to our annual conferences.

MwALT places great emphasis on supporting graduate-student research and introducing students to the larger field of professional language assessment and evaluation. We provide annual awards for student papers and presentations, and strive to remain a conference that is affordable to all.

We are grateful for the continuing support of participating universities; organizations such as Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments, Educational Testing Service, Second Language Testing and The University of Michigan Press; and the many other institutional and individual donors who sponsor our annual conference and enable us to sustain our mission.

I invite you to browse our web page, join our organization, and contact us if you have any questions.


Natalie Nordby Chen
MwALT President

Upcoming Events

Purdue Host in 2016
The 18th Annual MwALT Conference will be October 1, 2016 at Purdue. Link to Purdue's site here!


East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT), Washington DC, October 28, 2016

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Baltimore MD, November 17-20, 2016

Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL), Chicago, IL, March 9-11, 2017

American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Portland, Oregon March 18-21, 2017

Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Bogotá, Columbia, July 17-21, 2017