Workshop on Reliability and Validity in SLA Research, June 11-12, 2015, Universitat de Barcelona

The doctoral students in the Applied Linguistics PhD Program at the Universitat de Barcelona and the GRAL Research Group (UB) are organizing a workshop on the topic of Reliability and Validity of Instruments and Measures in SLA Research: Facing Dilemmas in Data Selection, Analysis and Reporting.

This workshop aims at discussing common dilemmas within SLA research on reliability and validity assessment, and data reporting and selection. The workshop will address the following issues:
1. Methods and techniques used to assess the reliability and validity of testing instruments and measures.
2. Sample selection, representability and generalizability.
3. Data reporting techniques.
4. Managing outliers in qualitative and quantitative paradigms.

Confirmed speakers

Dr. Rob Schoonen (University of Amsterdam)
Title of the talk: “Generalizability, where theory and methodology meet”

Dr. Martin Lamb (University of Leeds)
Title of the talk: “Researcher effects in qualitative inquiry”

Call for Papers

We welcome abstracts for individual papers on any area of SLA from either quantitative, qualitative or mixed-methods paradigm.

The focus of the paper should be on such issues as:

– construct validity
– sample selection
– handling of data in empirical research
– data analysis and reporting
– the choice of measures in data analysis
– assessment of the reliability and validity of instruments and measures
– the role, the choice and the application of tools

A submission should include a title, an abstract (300 words maximum, excluding references), and a brief summary for the conference program (50 words maximum). Name, affiliation, and email address should be provided on a separate page. The language of the workshop is English.

Each author may submit one individual abstract and one abstract in co-authorship. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously and will be evaluated in terms of the overall quality and relevance to the topic of the workshop. Each paper will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation plus 5 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to:

Important dates

The deadline for submission is April 12th, 2015.

Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged. Authors will receive the notification concerning acceptance or rejection of their abstract by the end of April. Registration opens on April 15th, 2015.


For questions, please contact:

Ferran Gesa,
Lena Vasylets,

We are grateful to our sponsors: EuroSLA Workshop Grant Program, PhD Program in Applied Linguistics (UB), MA Program in Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts (UB).