Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Research Seminars in TESOL and Language Studies

Appraisal Calibration and Strategic Competence in Second Language Learning or Use: A Fresh Look
Aek Phakiti
The University of Sydney

Date: Wednesday 20th April 2016
Time: 17.00 – 18.00 pm

Venue: Education 458, The University of Sydney
Strategic competence, which constitutes a set of metacognitive strategies (e.g., planning, monitoring, and evaluating) for regulating language use and other cognitive activities has been recognised as a significant cognitive factor that distinguishes successful learners from less successful ones (e.g., Bachman & Palmer 2010; Cohen 2011; Phakiti 2003, 2008; Purpura 1999). This presentation will introduce a cognitive construct called ‘appraisal calibration’ as a significant facet of strategic competence. Appraisal calibration denotes a perfect relationship between appraisal confidence in performance and actual performance outcome. A study of appraisal calibration aims to examine and evaluate an alignment between individuals’ appraisal confidence and their actual performance. Appraisal calibration or miscalibration thus indicates the nature of monitoring and self-appraisal accuracy. Research suggests that people have a tendency to be overconfident in their performance. However, good appraisal calibration is the metacognitive ability that distinguishes successful students from unsuccessful ones. In this presentation, theoretical frameworks underpinning calibration from cognitive and educational psychology will be discussed, along with some key findings from recent studies on second test takers’ calibration and strategic processing. Critical issues of overconfidence and underconfidence on performance will also be addressed. Implications for language teaching and learning, self-assessment practice and future research directions will be articulated.

Aek Phakiti is an Associate Professor in TESOL at The University of Sydney. His current research examines the nature of test takers’ calibration and strategy use in IELTS listening tasks. He is an author of Strategic Competence and EFL Reading Test Performance (Peter Lang, 2007), Experimental Research Methods in Language Learning (Bloomsbury, 2014), and with Carsten Roever, Quantitative Methods for Second Language Research: A problem-solving Approach (Routledge, forthcoming) and Language Testing and Assessment (Bloomsbury, forthcoming, 2018). With Brian Paltridge, he edited Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2010, Continuum) and Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2015, Bloomsbury) and and with Peter De Costa, Luke Plonsky and Sue Starfield, The Palgrave Handbook of Applied Linguistics Research Methodology (Palgrave, forthcoming). He has published in Language Learning, Language Testing and Language Assessment Quarterly. He is Associate Editor of Language Assessment Quarterly and University of Sydney Papers in TESOL. He is Vice President of ALTAANZ (Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand) (see further at

Enquiry: Aek Phakiti ( This is a free seminar.

The 11th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium

The 11th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium

In conjunction with the Centre for English Teaching (CET), University of Sydney

and the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University

A Free Colloquium
Saturday 10 September, 2016


The University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium aims to provide a forum to discuss and share research in the area of TESOL as well as explore possible future research collaborations in the area. The Colloquium is a place for networking, for both established and new TESOL researchers. The Colloquium includes presentation sessions on a wide range of TESOL and TESOL-related research, both in progress and completed. It also includes a networking session for people working in the area of TESOL research. The aim of this is to provide the opportunity for TESOL researchers to talk to each other about their research and to explore possible future research collaborations.

Keynote Speakers:
·     Gary Barkhuizen, The University of Auckland
Using narrative frames in language teaching and learning research

·     Natsuko Shintani, The University of Auckland
Explicit grammar instruction for second language writing

Proposals are invited for:
·     25-minute paper presentations (20 minutes for presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions/discussion)
·     90-minute symposia (80 minutes for presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions/discussion)

Instructions for submissions:
·     Individual papers: A title, a 250-word abstract plus a 50-word summary of the abstract (plus your name, institution, email and telephone).
·     Symposia: A title, a 500-word abstract plus a 200-word summary of the abstract (plus your name, institution, email and telephone).

·     Submission deadline: Thursday 30 June, 2016
·     Notifications on the acceptance of papers and symposia: Monday 18 July, 2016

Free Pre-Colloquium Workshops on Friday 9 September, 2016:
·     Workshop 1 (9.00am - 12.00noon): Gary Barkhuizen, The University of Auckland
An overview of narrative methods in language teaching and learning research

·     Workshop 2 (1.00pm - 4.00pm): Natsuko Shintani, The University of Auckland
Learning grammar through writing

Registration for the Workshops (register by Friday 26 August, 2016):

Registration for the Colloquium (register by Friday 26 August, 2016): 

Contact David Hirsh ( for inquiries about the Colloquium and Workshops.