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Publications
  • Urmston, A., Raquel, M., & Tsang, C. (2013). Diagnostic testing of Hong Kong tertiary students’ English language proficiency: The development and validation of DELTA. Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics, 14(2), 60-82.

  • Urmston, A., & Raquel, M. (forthcoming). Issues in developing a diagnostic language assessment in Hong Kong. In V. Aryadoust & J. Fox (Eds.), Current trends in language testing in the Pacific Rim and the Middle East: Policies, analyses and diagnoses. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Urmston, A., Raquel, M., & Aryadoust, V. (forthcoming). Can diagnosing university students’ English proficiency facilitate language development? In J. Read (Ed.), Post-admission language assessments in universities: International perspectives. Springer.


Presentations
  • Fang, F., Gray, J., Guan, G., Lui, E., Ng, C., Raquel, M., Shirley, C., Tsang, C., Urmston, A., & Wong, R. (2011, May). DELTA: The Diagnostic English Language Tracking Assessment. Presentation at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  • Fang, F., Gray, J., Guan, G., Ng, C., Raquel, M., Shum, W., Tsang, C., Urmston, A., & Wong, R. (2012, June) Diagnosing Hong Kong tertiary students’ English language proficiency. Paper presented at the 12th 3-3-4 Symposium, University of Hong Kong.

  • Fang, F., Gray, J., Guan, G., Ng, C., Raquel, M., Tsang, C., Urmston, A., & Wong, R. (2011, March). DELTA: The Diagnostic English Language Tracking Assessment. Presentation at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

  • Fang, F., Gray, J., Guan, G., Ng, C., Raquel, M., Tsang, C., Urmston, A., & Wong, R. (2011, December). DELTA: The Diagnostic English Language Tracking Assessment. Presentation at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  • Grey, J. & Shum, W. (2013, March) Impact of curriculum reform on English language proficiency in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 48th RELC International Seminar: Assessment in Language Education, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, Singapore.

  • Grey, J. & Shum, W. (2013, June). Investigating the English language proficiency of Hong Kong's "double cohort" students. Paper presented at the ELC Symposium: The Position of English Language Provision in Hong Kong Tertiary Institutions, City University of Hong Kong.

  • Grey, J., Shum, W., & Guan, G. (2013, July). Listening subskills and metacognative strategies in a diagnostic English language assessment. Work in Progress presented at 35th Language Testing Research Colloquium. Seoul, Korea.

  • Guan, G, Raquel, M, Shum, W., Tsang, C. & Wong, R. (2012, December). Diagnostic testing of Hong Kong tertiary student's English language proficiency. Paper presented at the 2nd GDUFS Forum on Applied Linguistics, Guangzhou, China.

  • Guan, G, Tsang, C. & Urmston, A. (2013, June). Tracking English proficiency progress through a diagnostic language assessment. Paper presented at the ELC Symposium: The Position of English Language Provision in Hong Kong Tertiary Institutions, City University of Hong Kong.

  • Guan, G., & Shum, W. (2012, August). Applying Rasch measurement to diagnostic English language testing. Paper presented at the Pacific Rims Objective Measurement Symposium (PROMS), Jiaxiang University, China.

  • Guan, G., & Urmston, A. (2014, June). The impact of educational background on the DIF of the DELTA Listening Component. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • Lockwood, J. & Raquel, M. (2010, April). Language policy and language proficiency assessment in English and Putonghua: Is what is proposed, possible? Paper presented at the 31st Annual Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Cambridge, United Kingdom.

  • Lockwood, J., & Hamp-Lyons, L. (2013, June). Can EAP literacy be assessed automatically? Paper presented at the Biennial BALEAP Conference, Nottingham, United Kingdom.

  • Lockwood, J., & Hamp-Lyons, L. (2013, June). DELTA writing: Can EAP literacy be assessed automatically? Paper presented at the ELC Symposium: The Position of English Language Provision in Hong Kong Tertiary Institutions, City University of Hong Kong.

  • Raquel, M. & Wong, R. (2013, May). Consequences of diagnostic assessment for teaching and learning. Paper presented at the 10th Annual EALTA Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Raquel, M. & Lockwood, J. (2010, April). Measuring Hong Kong students’ English proficiency: Development of the Tertiary English Language Test (TELT). Poster presented at the 31st Annual Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Cambridge, United Kingdom.

  • Raquel, M., Urmston, A., Gray, J., Tsang, C., Fang, F. & Lui, E. (2011, March). Application of an on-line diagnostic English language test. Paper presented at the 11th 3-3-4 Symposium, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

  • Raquel, M., Urmston, A., Gray, J., Tsang, C., Fang, F. & Lui, E. (2011, June). Designing a valid and reliable diagnostic assessment and tracking system for tertiary level ESL learners. Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

  • Raquel, M., Fang, F., & Wong, R. (2013, June). Value of a diagnostic e-report for English teaching and learning. Paper presented at the ELC Symposium: The Position of English Language Provision in Hong Kong Tertiary Institutions, City University of Hong Kong.

  • Raquel, M., Tsang, C., Wong, R., Shum, W., & Guan, G. (2013, July). Effectiveness of a diagnostic e-report for independent learning. Poster presented at the 35th Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Seoul, Korea.

  • Raquel, M. & Urmston, A. (2014, June). The Excel@English Scheme: Supporting language learning after diagnostic testing. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • Raquel, M., Wong, R. (2013, March). Effectiveness of a diagnostic e-Report for independent learning. Paper presented at the 48th RELC International Seminar: Assessment in Language Education, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, Singapore.

  • Tsang, C. & Urmston, A. (2013, March). DELTA: Diagnosing and tracking the English language development of Hong Kong tertiary students. Paper presented at the 48th RELC International Seminar: Assessment in Language Education, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, Singapore.

  • Urmston, A., Fang, F., Tsang, F., Lockwood, J., Raquel, M. & Shirley, C. (2010, June). Tracking students' progress in English under the four-year curriculum: The TELT Project. Paper presented at the ELC Symposium: The Challenges of the 4-year Curriculum for English Language Centres in Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  • Urmston, A. & Raquel M. (2103, September). Issues in Diagnostic Testing in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the Free Linguistics Conference 2013, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  • Urmston, A. & Raquel, M. (2015, May). Automated diagnostic scoring, feedback and tracking of academic English writing ability. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Asian Association for Language Assessment Conference (AALA), Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Urmston, A. & Raquel, M. (2015, May). Developing a diagnostic, post-entry language assessment amidst changing policy and practice. Paper presented at the 12th Annual EALTA Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Urmston, A., Raquel, M., Lockwood, J. & Lui, E. (2011, June). Using a web-based language assessment to diagnose student's reading and writing needs. Paper presented at the ELC Symposium: Developing Students as Readers and Writers in the Four-year Curriculum: The Role of the English Language Centres, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  • Urmston, A., Raquel, M., & Tsang, C. (2012, March). Diagnostic testing of ESL reading skills: Relating test-taking strategies to reading abilities. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

  • Urmston, A., Raquel, M., & Tsang, C. (2013, July). Broadening horizons: Language assessment, diagnosis and accountability. Paper presented at the 35th Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Seoul, Korea.

  • Wong, R. (2013, September). Automated writing assessment. Paper presented at the Free Linguistics Conference 2013, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  • Wong, R., Lugmani, S., & O'Reilly, J. (2012, December). Moving towards appropriate writing tasks and rubrics for academic English Assessment. Paper presented at the Centre for Applied English Studies, University of Hong Kong.


  • COMPETITIVE RESEARCH & PUBLICATION GRANTS (AWARDED)

  • Hong Kong Institute of Education Institute-Level Teaching Development Grant 2007
    -Project title: Further TELT development for Recruitment and Placement Assessment. This grant award: HK$450,500.

  • Hong Kong Institute of Education Institute-Level Teaching Development Grant 2009/10
    -Project title: TELT Item Bank Development for Tracking Student English Language Proficiency on an annual Basis. This grant award: HK$125,000

  • Hong Kong Institute of Education Faculty-Level Teaching Development Grant 2009/10
    -Project title: Further TELT development for recruitment and placement assessment (TELT phase 2). This grant award: HK$123,700.

  • University Grants Committee (UGC) / Quality Assurance Council (QAC) Grant
    -Project title: The Further Development and Implementation of the DELTA: A Web-based English Language Diagnostic Assessment and Tracking System for University Students in Hong Kong. (Ongoing) This grant award: HK$ 3.4 million.


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