General purpose





Welcome to the AALA website!

 A working group of language assessment specialists in Asia decided to form an association to promote language assessment activities in the region, in June 2014 during the Language Testing Research Colloquium in Amsterdam. A brief meeting confirmed interest which had been shown through e-mails and informal meetings. A discussion via e-mail followed and the formal name was selected [AALA] and an Executive Board for 2014-15 was formed. In the pages of this website, you will see our plans for activities in the coming years.

The 7th International Conference of AALA is


Postponed to November, 2021 (tentative)

After a thorough discussion and consideration of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the AALA Executive Board and the AALA 2020 conference organizing committee have determined to postpone the AALA 2020 Conference in Seoul to 2021 or later. Further details regarding the revised schedule will be announced in the near future. Our top priority is to ensure health and safety of everyone involved. Thank you for your understanding. 

AALA Executive Board and AALA 2020 Organizing Committee




General Purpose 


To promote language assessment in Asia




To offer students and faculty in colleges and universities opportunities to understand and present current research and practice


To offer professional staff in assessment agencies opportunities to understand and present current research and practice 


To conduct an annual conference and other events in the region to promote interaction and communication among students, faculty, and professionals 


To promote professional publications that advance theory and practice


To advocate for the ethical use of assessments and assessment use



Annual Conferences:

1st Annual Conference, 2014, October 19, 2014, Hangzhou, China. 

2nd Annual Conference, 2015, May 1 & 2, 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

3rd Annual Conference, 2016, May 19-21, 2016, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
4th Annual Conference, 2017, June 21-23, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan
5th Annual Conference, 2018, October 18-20, 2018, Shanghai, China
6th Annual Conference, 2019, October 16-18, 2019, Hanoi, Vietnam
7th Annual Conference, 2021, November, 2021, Seoul, South Korea (tentative)

Contact Information

For AALA 2021 Conference related matters:

For AALA general matters:

Jessica Wu –
Yasuyo Sawaki –