New Directions 2019 Programme page

Plenary speakers


Panel Discussion: Language Assessment Policy


Panel Discussion: Technology and Consequences

  • Chaired by Helen Yannakoudakis (Cambridge Assessment English)


Symposium: Standards and Frameworks in Language Assessment in East Asia

  • Discussant: Dr Jamie Dunlea (British Council Assessment Research Group)


Breakout Session Themes

  • Alignment of Policy with Context – How decisions about language testing meet needs and goals.
  • Stakeholder Engagement – How language tests affect educational practitioners and test takers.
  • Assessment and Inclusion – Making tests fair and accessible for all.
  • Implementing Performance Assessment – The challenges and impact of assessing writing and speaking.
  • Technology and Consequences – The increasingly important and effective role of technology in language assessment.
  • General Strand – Other outstanding research in the field of language assessment.


Workshops – Saturday 7 December at Yokohama National University

  • Eye-tracking colloquium: A talk, paper presentations, and discussion on the use of eye-tracking technology in language assessment research, with invited speaker Vahid Aryadoust (National Institute of Education Singapore). Find more about Eye-tracking colloquium (PDF 98KB).
  • Online Learning: Neenaz Ichaporia (British Council Examinations and English Services, India) shares her knowledge and experience of delivering online training courses to support learners as they prepare for language tests, including practical examples of online tools that teachers can use for formative assessment. Find more about Online learning (PDF 136KB).
  • Statistics: “Measuring the unobservable: Introduction to latent variables and factor analysis using Mplus” with Dr Karen Dunn (British Council Assessment Research Group). Find more about Statistics (PDF 131KB).


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