AALA Conference Student Awards

The AALA Best Student Paper Award and AALA Best Student Poster Award are officially established in 2016. Both are merit-based awards that support the attendance of the winners at the AALA annual conference.


All single-authored/ individual student submissions will be automatically considered for the awards. To qualify for the student awards, contributors must be graduate students currently enrolled in a university Master’s or doctoral program in applied linguistics or a related field. A letter of matriculation/active student status must be shown upon request.

Winners MUST present their works at the AALA annual conference to receive the awards. Winners for the Best Student Paper Award and Best Student Poster Award will each receive a certificate. Besides having their conference and workshop registration fees waived, they will also enjoy a free banquet at the award presentation ceremony. The above terms will take effect from 2017.

Proposals for individual papers and posters will be evaluated by a team of reviewers. The reviewers’ decision is final. The evaluation criteria are:
•    Significance of the research topic/Contribution to the field
•    Relevance to conference theme
•    Rigor of study (e.g., rationale for the research, contextualization within the literature,  design of research question(s), choice and use of methodology, interpretation and conclusion etc.)


Award Winners



Best Student Paper

Kana MATSUMURA, Waseda University, Japan, A generalizability analysis of Japanese EFL students’ performance on argumentative writing tasks

Best Student Poster


Yanping DENG, Waseda University, Japan, Chinese students’ interpretation and use of TOEFL speaking rubrics


Best Student Paper

Rongchan LIN, Columbia University, USA, Operationalizing content integration in analytic scoring: Assessing listening-speaking ability in a scenario-based assessment

Best Student Poster


Kana MATSUMURA, Waseda University, Japan, A performance data-driven approach to the creation of a diagnostic profile for assessing EFL argumentative writings of high school students


Best Student Paper

Paul Wicking, Meijo University, Japan, Understanding teacher belief and practice as a foundation for developing learning-oriented assessment (1st place winner)
Bjorn Lennart Norrbom, National Center for Assessment in Higher Education, Saudi Arabia/University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Taking test validation a step further through a two-level structure of Assessment Use Arguments (2nd place winner)

Best Student Poster

Roxanne Wong, City University of Hong Kong/University of Jyväskylä, Design and implementation of an in-house computerized feedback system