Pre-conference workshops

Three pre-conference workshops are organized on Monday, June 17, 2019 from 8.30 am till noon.

Marjolijn Verspoor

Dynamic analysis of longitudinal data: A toolkit

This workshop is intended for researchers who would like to trace the dynamic development of L1 or L2. The workshop briefly focuses on the theoretical premises of a complex dynamic systems perspective, which assumes that subsystems of a system interact differentially over time, sometimes competing until they coordinate. We will discuss how frequently data needs to be collected, why it is important to trace individuals rather than groups, and what types of subsystems can be traced and how they can be operationalized. Finally, we will practice several statistical methods that can be applied to single time series. Participants can bring their own data set or will be provided one.

Participants are asked to read 2-3 articles prior to attending the workshop, which will be announced to the participants in the spring 2019.

Niina Lilja & Leila Kääntä

Multimodal approach to language learning in social interaction

This workshop is intended for young researchers who are interested in the role of multimodality in second language use and learning. The workshop focuses on the conversation analytical understanding of multimodality and second language interactional competence. It aims at briefly introducing the recent research developments in this area showing how our understanding of the role of bodily conduct and the material ecologies of learning and teaching situations has increased and evolved during the last decade(s). In addition, we will work with data excerpts from a variety of learning settings and do hands-on-exercises to tackle the issues of multimodal analysis.

The participants are required to read 2-3 articles prior to attending the workshop. There will also be a pre-assignment based on the readings. The readings and the assignment will be announced to the participants in the spring 2019.

Matthew E. Poehner & Dmitri Leontjev

Computerized Dynamic Assessment and Its Applications to Second Language Education

This workshop aims to familiarize language researchers and educators with Dynamic Assessment and its potential to both uncover and promote learner second language abilities. The workshop focuses on L2 Dynamic Assessment, which, firmly based within Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory, merges assessment and instruction into one development-oriented activity seeking to simultaneously assess learner abilities and promote the development of these same abilities. Participants will be introduced to the theoretical principles that inform Dynamic Assessment and will be presented with recent examples that extend previous classroom-based, small-scale applications to computerized formats, which allow for large numbers of learners to receive support. The workshop includes a hands-on component that encourages participants to collaboratively plan how an assessment might be administered as Computerized Dynamic Assessment and how information from that procedure can be used to support classroom learning.

This workshop is open to language researchers and educators regardless of level of experience, languages of interest, and familiarity with Sociocultural Theory or Dynamic Assessment.

Pre-workshop Reading: Participants will be asked to read the 3 articles on Dynamic Assessment prior to attending the workshop.

Pre-workshop Assignment: Participants will also be asked to be prepared to discuss a testing context with which they are familiar and that could either be reformulated according to Computerized Dynamic Assessment or could be linked to assessment practices in classrooms, including uses of classroom Dynamic Assessment.


Poehner, M. E., Davin, K., & Lantolf, J. P. (2017). Dynamic Assessment. In E. Shohamy & I. Or (Eds.), S. May (Gen. Ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Education, Volume 7 on Language Testing and Assessment (pp. 243-256). Berlin: Springer Publishing.

Poehner, M. E., & van Compernolle, R.A. (2013). L2 development around tests. Learner response processes and Dynamic Assessment. International Review of Applied Linguistics, 51(4): 353-377.

Poehner, M. E. (2009). Group Dynamic Assessment: Mediation for the L2 Classroom. TESOL Quarterly, 43(3), 471–491. https://doi.org/10.1002/j.1545-7249.2009.tb00245.x


The registration for the workshops begins on 15 December 2018 and the places will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. The workshops will be organized when at least 5 participants have registered, and the number of participants will be limited to 25.

The registration for the workshops is done via the registration form at the same time with the registration for the conference. The participation fee for the workshops is 30 € (incl. coffee/tea).