Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

On-Line Language Testing: Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Marketta Laurila.

Foreign language and culture pedagogy and testing present unique challenges, that may not be present or are present to a lesser degree in other disciplines: students must participate regularly in order to attain satisfactory levels of proficiency and students must learn to think in terms of equivalencies rather than translations. Paradoxically the issues that make it difficult to adapt foreign language and culture learning to the on-line environment (oral/aural practice, participation and the use of numerous audio/visual aids) are those which, when successfully integrated into an on-line or hybrid course, can actually lead to greater proficiency, especially when class size is large. This presentation will provide an overview of advantages and disadvantages of on-line language learning with special emphasis on testing students’ receptive skills with sound/image quizzes developed in Respondus and uploaded into WebCT.


Dr. Marketta Laurila  (United States)
Associate Professor, Interim Chair
Department of Foreign Languages
Tennessee Technological University

Marketta Laurila is currently serving as the Interim Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Tennessee Technological University, where she teaches Spanish language, Latin American literature and Business Spanish. Her area of research is Latin American women writers with a focus on issues of female subjectivity in the writings of Elena Garro and Isabel Allende. She is also interested in the use technology in foreign language learning.

  • Foreign Language Learning
  • On-line testing
  • Respondus
  • WebCT

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)