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  • Join MwALT 21 at Indiana University, Bloomington, Fall 2019!

  • MwALT 19 was at Wright State University in Ohio in 2017.

  • MwALT 20 was at WIDA, Madison WI in 2018.


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

IU Memorial Union
The 21st annual MwALT Conference in 2019 will be at Indiana University, Bloomington, on Friday and Saturday, October 4-5, 2019, with a pre-conference workshop on Friday, October 4 on Differential Item Functioning (DIF) Analysis in Language Assessment Research. The Plenary Speaker is Dr. Okim Kang from Northern Arizona University. The conference venue will be the Indiana Memorial Union. See the Conference Website here.


European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA), Dublin, Ireland, May 30-June 2, 2019