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Beverly A. Baker


Faculty Lecturer

Areas of Expertise

  • University teaching: ESL/TESL, teacher training and supervision, and first- and second language composition
  • Language test development, validation, and administration; rating scale development; rater training
  • Applied linguistics research, especially in language assessment and composition/rhetoric
  • Critical applied linguistics and critical issues in measurement and evaluation

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Current Research
2012-2013: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)-Funded project: Language assessment development with Haitian teachers.
Principal Investigator: B. Baker; Co-Investigator: C. Riches 

2011-2014: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)-funded project: Investigating the assessment literacy of standardised language test score users in Canadian higher education. Principal Investigator: B. Baker
 
2012-2013: Health Canada-funded project: H-CALM (Health-Care Access for Linguistic Minorities) Research Team, TRHP (Training & Retention of Health Professionals): Development of a formative on-line assessment instrument for nurses learning ESL. Principal Investigator: M. Laurier.  Co-Investigators: B. Baker, C.E. Turner
 
2011-2012: Health Canada-funded project: H-CALM (Health-Care Access for Linguistic Minorities) Research Team, TRHP (Training & Retention of Health Professionals): Development of Formative Assessment Tasks for Nurses Learning ESL in Quebec.
Principal Investigator: M. Laurier. Co-Investigators: B. Baker, C.E. Turner

Recent Publications

Baker, B. A. (2012). Individual differences in rater decision-making style: A mixed-methods study. Language Assessment Quarterly, 9(3), 225-248.
 
Baker, B. A. (2011). Use of the cloze-elide task in high-stakes English proficiency testing. Spaan Fellow Working Papers in Second or Foreign Language Assessment, 9, 1-16.

Baker, B. A. (2010): Playing with the stakes: A consideration of an aspect of the social context in a gatekeeping writing assessment. Assessing Writing.

Baker, B. A. (2009). Conflicting genre expectations in a high stakes writing test for teacher certification in Quebec. Spaan Fellow Working Papers in Second or Foreign Language Assessment, 7, 1-19.

Baker, B. A. (2008). L2 writing and L1 composition in English: Towards an alignment of effort. McGill Journal of Education, 43(2), 139-155.

Recent Scholarly Presentations

2012, July (with M. Laurier, C. Turner, M. Tan, M. Lira Gonzales and J. Ainsworth): Challenges in developing a low-stakes formative ESL assessment tool for Quebec nurses. Association for Language Awareness   
International Conference, Montreal.

2012, May Decision-making style: An application of socio-cognitive psychology to rater behaviour in writing assessment research. Invited symposium of the Canadian Association for Language Assessment/Association canadienne d’évaluation des langues, Waterloo, Ontario.

2012, April (with M. Laurier, C. Turner, M. Tan, M. Lira Gonzales and J. Ainsworth): Development of a Computer-based formative assessment instrument for nurses using ESL in Quebec, Canada. Language Testing Research Colloquium, International Language Testing Association, Princeton, NJ.
 
2012, March: The assessment of writing for future teachers: Applying Critical Language Testing. Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, Missouri.
 
2011, November: Multiple Choice Questions in the ESL Classroom: SPEAQ Annual Conference (Society for the Promotion of the Teaching of English as a Second Language in Quebec), Montreal.
 
2011, August: An application of Critical Language Testing to a high-stakes test for teacher certification in Quebec, Canada. AILA World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Beijing, China.
 
2011, May: A critical analysis of high-stakes university writing examinations.  Poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE), Frederiction, NB.

2010, June: Use of the cloze-elide task in high-stakes English proficiency testing. Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics/ Association canadienne de linguistique appliqué, Montreal.

2010, May: Decision-making style: An application of socio-cognitive psychology to rater behaviour in writing assessment research. Special session on writing assessment. Symposium on Second Language Writing, Murcia, Spain.

2009, November: Playing with the stakes: A consideration of the social context in a gatekeeping writing assessment. East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT) Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

2009, May: Conflicting genre expectations in a high-stakes writing test for teacher certification. Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics/ Association canadienne de linguistique appliquée, Ottawa.

2009, March: The development of an English proficiency test for teacher certification in Quebec. Poster presentation at the Language Testing Research Colloquium, International Language Testing Association, Denver, USA.

2008, November (with Heike Neumann): Balancing reliability, validity and practicality in assessing writing. SPEAQ Annual Conference, Quebec City.

Recent Workshops Given

2011, December: Deux formations : 1-Évaluation des apprentissages; 2-Didactique des langues secondes. Projet de formation des maîtres, Lycée Jean Baptiste Cinéas, Limbe, Haïti.
 
2011, October: Evaluation and Design of Rating Scales (Rubrics). All-day workshop at a professional development conference for practicing teachers entitled “Bridging the gap between teaching and learning.”  Concordia University, Montreal.

2009, October: Taking the pain out of student assessment. All-day workshop at a professional development conference for developing teachers entitled “Bridging the gap between teaching and learning.” Concordia University, Montreal.

2008, June/July: Invited workshop (with Heike Neumann), Assessing ESL Writing. English and French Language Programs, Faculty of Continuing Education, McGill University.

Memberships

  • Founding Member, Canadian Association for Language Assessment/Association canadienne d’évaluation des langues (CALA/ACEL)
  • Member, American Association of Applied Linguistics
  • Member, International Language Testing Association
  • Member, SPEAQ (Professional Association of ESL Teachers in Quebec)
  • Member, Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics/Association Canadienne de linguistique appliquée
  • Member, International Society for Language Studies

 

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