Dear Fellow Students,

Our names areLin Gu, U of Iowa, Ching-Ni Hsieh, Michigan State, Haiying Cao, Purdue University, Lixia Cheng, Purdue University, Forest Platzek, University of Lancaster, and Erik Voss, Iowa State University student representatives for MwALT. We hope you have had a chance to look at the MwALT mission statement as it addresses issues of interest to graduate students like ourselves. We want to inform you about ways in which MwALT can benefit you.

MwALT provides us with an excellent opportunity to interact with professionals in the language and assessment field, and to broaden our knowledge and expertise in various areas of language testing. In addition, MwALT provides us with opportunities to develop hands-on experience working on language testing issues in universities, public schools and other educational language settings. We can help and learn at the same time!

We're looking for your feedback regarding ways in which MwALT can better serve you during your graduate student years. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any ideas or suggestions (conference activities, ideas related to a publication for MwALT, etc.).

One important way that we can benefit from MwALT is through networking with each other. Please join us in spreading the word about MwALT and encourage other graduate students to join.

We hope to meet you at the conference at Purdue University in 2009

Lin Gu, University of Iowa                                               lin-gu@uiowa.edu
Ching-Ni Hsieh, Michigan State                                     hsiehc12@msu.edu
Haiying Cao, Purdue University                                       caoh@purdue.edu
Lixia Cheng, Purdue University                                        clixia@purdue.edu
Forest Platzek, University of Lancaster                      forest@lidgetgreen.org
Erik Voss, Iowa State University                                     evoss@iastate.edu



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