Profile

Aylin Ünaldı

Assistant Professor
E-Mail: 
aunaldi@boun.edu.tr
Phone: 
+90 212 359 4609
Education: 

Ph.D., Center for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment, University of Bedfordshire, England, 2010.
Ph.D., Department of Foreign Language Education, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2004.
M.A., University of Reading, Department of Linguistics, England, 1995.
B.A., Boğaziçi University, Department of Foreign Language Education, Istanbul, Turkey.

Research Interests: 

Second language assessment, cognitive processes in reading at text and intertextual levels, development of academic literacy in foreign language, text processing for writing purposes, reading into writing as an integrated academic skill, written argumentation in a foreign language, language test development and validation, text analysis for reading test development, performance assessment, rating rubric development and validation, writing rater training, test writer training, curriculum development and evaluation.

Publications: 

Unaldi, A. (in preparation) Writing rater training through reflective thinking.

Unaldi, A. (in preparation) Assessing careful reading ability in academic settings. Testing beyond the sentence: a sine qua non?

Weir, C J, Hawkey, R, Green, A, Unaldi, A, Devi, S. (2012). The relationship between the academic reading construct as measured by IELTS and the reading experiences of students in the first year of their courses at a British University. In L. Taylor and C. Weir (Eds.) IELTS Collected Papers 2: Researching in reading and listening assessment. Studies in Language Testing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Green, A. B., Unaldi, A., Weir, C. (2010) Empiricism versus connoisseurship: Establishing the appropriacy of texts in tests of academic reading. Language Testing. 27(2), 191-211.

Green, A, Unaldi, A, and Weir, C J. (2008). The cognitive processes of second language academic readers. The Higher Education Academy, Languages Linguistics Area Studies, UK. www.llas.ac.uk/resourcedownloads/2631/weir.pdf

Weir, C J, Hawkey, R, Green, A, Unaldi, A, Devi, S. (2009). The relationship between the academic reading construct as measured by IELTS and the reading experiences of students in the first year of their courses at a British University. IELTS Research Reports, Volume 9, British Council/IELTS, pp. 97-156.

Daller, H., Treffers-Daller, J., Ünaldı, A. and Yıldız, C. (2002). The development of a Turkish C-test. In J. A. Coleman, R. Grotjahn and U. Raatz (Eds.), University language testing and the C-test. Bochum: AKS-Verlag. pp. 187 – 199.

Tütüniş, B. and Ünaldı, A. (2000). Content based academic writing. Trakya Universitesi Bilimsel Arastirmalar Dergisi, 1(1), pp: 117-120.

Daller, H., Treffers-Daller, J. and Ünaldı, A. (1996). The development of a Turkish C-Test. In J. A Coleman: University Language Testing and the C-Test; Proceedings of a Conference held at the University of Portsmouth. University of Portsmouth. Occasional Papers in Linguistics

Talks / Presentations: 

2017: With Papp, S. ‘Building practical assessment skills among Turkish teachers of young learners’ IATEFL TEA SIG Seminar. Luton, United Kingdom.

2017: With Yalçın, Ş.Linguistic complexity and argument sophistication in defining higher levels of proficiency’. European Association for Language Testing and Assessment. Fourteenth  Annual Conference. Serves, France.

2016: With Borkan, B. ‘Akademik Yazma Beceri Sınavının Çok Bağlamlı Rasch Modeliyle Değerlendirilmesi.’[Evaluating an EAP writing exam through multi-faceted Rasch analysis]. Beşinci Ulusal Eğitimde ve Psikolojide Ölçme ve Değerlendirme Kongresi. Antalya, Türkiye.

2016: With Yalçın. Ş. ‘Gains at higher levels of L2 writing proficiency: Linguistic complexity and argument sophistication’ The 35th Second Language Research Forum. USA, New York.

2016: ‘Issues in writing scale validation.’ European Association for Language Testing and Assessment. Thirteenth  Annual Conference, Assessment of Writing and Assessment for Academic Purposes SIG Meeting. Spain, Valencia.

2016: ‘What does our B2 mean?: Assessment of written academic English in English-medium universities.’ GlobELT 2016 Conference: International Conference on Teaching and Learning English as an Additional Language. Turkey, Antalya.

2015: ‘Rater training through reflective thinking’. European Association for Language Testing and Assessment. Twelfth  Annual Conference. Denmark, Copenhagen.

2013: ‘Standards for the Assessment of Written Academic English in English-medium Universities.’ The European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing. Central European University, Hungary.

2012: ‘Construct operationalisation and test taking strategies in EAP tests of reading: The case of search reading, careful reading at local and intertextual levels.’ European Association for Language Testing and Assessment. Ninth Annual Conference, Assessment of Writing and Assessment for Academic Purposes SIG Meeting. Innsbruck, Austria.

2012: ‘Dephilosophising Construct Validity’: Çanakkale 18 Mart University ELT Conference, Çanakkale, Turkey.

2011: ‘Revisiting the Assessment of Reading’. Association of Language Testers in Europe. Jagiellonian University, Poland.

2009: ‘Testing at Three Levels of Careful Reading’. Language Testing Forum. University of Bedfordshire, UK.

2009: ‘Reading at Inter-textual Level. Documents Model’. The European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing. Coventry University, UK.

2009: ‘Reading Diary Study: A Closer Look at Higher Level Cognitive Processes in Reading’. British Association for Applied Linguistics. Newcastle, UK.

2007: ‘Text Selection: A Neglected Area’. European Association for Language Testing and Assessment. Fourth Annual Conference. Sitges, Spain.

2006: ‘Integrated Skills in Academic Writing Classes’.  European Writing Centres Association Conference. Bogazici University, Turkey.

1997: ‘Content-based Academic Writing’. Quality Learning in English Medium Higher Education: The Challenge of Content, Skills and Language’. Bilkent University, Turkey. 

INVITED TALKS AND CONSULTANCIES:

2017: ‘Standardised tests for international admissions: the case of Boğaziçi University’. Eurasian Higher Education Summit, Turkey, Istanbul. Invited speaker.

2017: Istanbul Kemerburgaz University, Workshop on Assessment of Reading

2016: Medipol University; Workshop on test development and item writing

2015: Yeditepe University; Seminar on writing rater training

2015: Kültür University; Seminar on achievement testing

2002: Kara Elmas University; Seminar on program and test development

2001: Bahçeşehir University; Test development for proficiency assessment

 

Research Projects: 

2016: Gains at higher levels of L2 writing proficiency: Linguistic complexity and argument sophistication. Funded by Boğaziçi University Research Fund, 2016-2017 (continuing)

2014: Training writing raters through reflective thinking. (continuing)

2010: Development of a data-driven rubrics for the assessment of writing in Boğaziçi University Proficiency Test.  (continuing)

2009: Higher Level Cognitive Processes in Reading. Funded by Pedagogical Research Fund for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies in Higher Education, UK.

2008: Reading at intertextual level. Funded by IELTS Research Grants and University of Bedfordshire, UK.

2007: Development of text selection scheme. Funded by IELTS Research Grants and University of Bedfordshire, UK.

2006: Content-based instruction and integrated skills in academic writing.

2004: Construct validation of academic reading test of Boğaziçi University Proficiency Test.

1994: Rhetorical Structure Theory in explaining revision behaviour in writing.

1994: Revision behaviours of student writers in Turkish and English.

1993: Reliability in C-tests in Turkish

Courses: 
1998-present Boğaziçi University
 
FLED 101 Developing Communicative Competence in English I
FLED 102 Developing Communicative Competence in English II
FLED 103 Academic Writing
FLED 104 Critical thinking into Writing
FLED 216 Community Service Practice in FLED
FLED 413 Language Assessment
FLED 412 Practice Teaching in EFL
FLED 416 Seminar on Practice Teaching in EFL
FLED 544 Principles of Foreign Language Testing
FLED 579 Graduate Seminar
 
1995-1998 Trakya University
 
Speaking for Academic Purposes
Academic Writing
Introduction to English Literature
Introduction To Linguistics 
Introduction to Psycholinguistics
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Contrastive Grammar of Turkish and English
Language Testing
Practise Teaching
Research Methods and Dissertation
 
Theses Directed: 

Completed 

1. Hakyemez-Tozlu, E. (January, 2017). The development of a listening test for learners of Turkish as a foreign language. MA dissertation

2. Kucuk, F. (January, 2017). Assessing academic writing skills in Turkish as a foreign language. MA dissertation

On-going

1. Sevgi, E. (expected completion date: May, 2018). Tentative title: The complexities of discrepancy resolution: what lies beneath rater negotiations in second language writing assessment? PhD thesis

2. Ates, B. (expected completion date: August, 2017). Tentative title: Determining linguistic task demands of an EAP proficiency test using expert judgment and automated tools. MA dissertation

3. Kayarkaya, B. (expected completion date: April, 2018). Assessment of textual level EFL reading comprehension: an investigation of contextual features and cognitive processes. MA dissertation

4. Kacar, H. (expected completion date: May, 2018). Tentative title: Multiple text reading skills in tests of language proficiency. MA dissertation

5. Akgun, H. (expected completion date: May, 2018). Tentative title: A qualitative exploration of reading and test taking strategies in multiple-choice and open-ended comprehension tasks. MA dissertation

Thesis Committee Membership

1. Gulle, T. (August, 2015). Development of a speaking test for second language learners of Turkish. MA dissertation

2. Kurt, Y. (August, 2015). Development of a reading test for second language learners of Turkish. MA dissertation

3. Altinmakas, D. (May, 2015). Dynamic interaction of factors influencing students’ academic writing practices in English: A case study in Turkey. PhD Thesis

4. Aydoğan, S. (May, 2016). Task orientation and vocabulary knowledge types: How do they relate to collocational knowledge?

 

Certificates, Courses and Education Seminars: 

29-31 May, 2017: Use and interpretation of statistical analysis procedures to improve testing and assessment. By John de Jong and Ying Zheng. Pre-conference Workshop, Fourteenth EALTA Conference: Serves, France.

3-5 May, 2016:  A practical approach to tackling challenges in Quality Assurance (QA) in test development projects. By Neus Figueras and Elaine Boyd. Pre-conference Workshop, Thirteenth EALTA Conference: Valencia, Spain.

26-28 May, 2015: Performance-based testing: Rating scales and rater training. By April Ginther and Nancy Kaupre. Pre-conference Workshop, Twelfth EALTA Conference: Copenhagen, Denmark.

1-3 March, 2014: Rasch analysis with Winsteps. By Anthony Green. Boğaziçi University: Istanbul, Turkey.

8-10 February, 2011: Basic Training in AMOS. By SPSS-IBM. Istanbul, Turkey.

6-8 May, 2008: Standard Setting Research and its Relevance to the CEFR. By Mark Reckase, Neil Jones, Felianka Kaftandjieva and Gunter Maris. Pre-conference Research Colloquium, The Fifth Annual Conference of EALTA: Athens, Greece.

15-17 June, 2007: Standard Setting in Practice: How to cut the mustard? By F. Kaftandjieva. Pre-conference Workshop, Fourth EALTA Conference: Sitges, Spain.

7-11 June, 2003: Summer Institute on Content-Based Instruction by W. Grabe and F. Stoller. Bursa, Turkey.

3-6 May, 2002: Workshop on Curriculum Development by M. A. Snow, Antalya Turkey.

Memberships: 

2000- present                       International Language Testing Association                                

2004-present                        European Association of Language Testing and Assessment

2005- present                       European Writing Centre Association

2005-present                        The European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing

2008-2010                            British Association for Applied Linguistics

2010- present                       Association of Language Testers in Europe

Designes, Awards and Patents : 

2016:           International Language Testing Association, Workshops and Meetings Award: Assessing Young Learners’Foreign Language.

2016:           Boğaziçi University Foundation (BÜVAK) Academic Support Award

2013:           Boğaziçi University Incentive Award for Publications.

2009:           TOEFL Small Grants for Doctoral Research in Second or Foreign Language Assessment.

2007:           IELTS Research Grants, British Council.

2006-2009: University of Bedfordshire PhD Bursary.

1994-1995: Ministry of Education of Turkish Republic: Scholarship to study for MA in the UK.