Department of English Research Seminar Series: Eye-tracking For Language Test Validation And Learning Diagnosis



  • Date: 16 April, 2019
  • Time: 2:00pm--3:30pm
  • Venue: HS436 (South Campus, XJTLU)
  • Speaker: Dr Yu Guoxing (Centre for Educational Assessment and Evaluation, University of Bristol)


Recent developments in eye tracking provide the field of language testing with enormous opportunities to understand test takers’ cognitive processes for the purposes of test validation and learning diagnosis. At the Centre for Educational Assessment and Evaluation, University of Bristol (UK), we have been using eye tracking as the main data elicitation technique to investigate students’ test-taking processes in different assessment conditions and tasks (e.g., reading comprehension, graph-based writing and speaking, video-based listening and speaking, c-tests, translation, and feedback in automated writing evaluation systems). In this talk, I will present my recent paper illustrating the procedures, promises, and challenges in conducting eye tracking research in language testing. I will also give additional examples to demonstrate how eye tracking research may help us better understand some of the perennial issues in language testing - from the design of assessment tasks and the evaluation of test takers’ cognitive processing and test performance, to rater training and diagnostic assessment.


Dr Yu Guoxing is Reader in Language Education & Assessment, and Director of Centre for Educational Assessment and Evaluation at University of Bristol. Until very recently, he was the Director of Doctor of Education (Hong Kong), and Director of Doctor of Education in TESOL/Applied Linguistics at the university. His main research efforts straddle: language assessment, the role of language in educational assessment, assessment of school effectiveness and learning power. He earned his PhD in 2005 from Bristol; his dissertation was awarded the Jacqueline A. Ross TOEFL Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation in Foreign/Second Language Testing by Educational Testing Service, USA
(2008). In his main research area - language assessment, he has directed several research projects on IELTS and TOEFL iBT funded by British Council and Educational Testing Service (USA). His four IELTS research reports are available to download, currently he is working on his 5th research report for IELTS. His TOEFL iBT report on Speaking test preparation is also available to download. He has published in Applied Linguistics, Assessing Writing, Assessment in Education, Educational Research, Language Assessment Quarterly and Language Testing. He is an executive editor of Assessment in Education, and serves on editorial boards of Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, Assessing Writing, and Language Testing in Asia. He has supervised 24 doctoral students to successful completion. For further information, please see his website: