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New Directions 2020 Conference Schedule

Friday 30th October (10:00-19:00 SGT)
Panel discussion, Plenary sessions, Breakout sessions.
The breakout sessions discuss research and practice in language assessment divided into the six themes listed below.
 

Saturday 31st October (10:00-19:00 SGT)

Panel discussion, Plenary sessions, Breakout sessions.
The breakout sessions discuss research and practice in language assessment divided into the six themes listed below.

Plenary Sessions

Technology, values, ethics and consequences: From innovation to impact in language assessment (Speaker: Professor Luke Harding)

Validity: An integrated arguments approach (Speakers: Professor Barry O’Sullivan and Professor Micheline Chalhoub-Deville)

Metaphors we test by: Communicative concepts that connect language assessment with contexts of use (Speaker: Professor Lynda Taylor)

Validity in classroom-based formative assessment (Speaker: Professor Peter Gu)

New Education Policy in India: A focus on assessing early years (Speaker: Dr. Rukmini Banerji)

Integrated language assessment in a digital age: Some fundamental considerations in task design and validation (Speaker: Professor Guoxing Yu)

Plenary Speakers

 
 

Panel Discussion: Evidence-driven influence: Affecting change in educational policy

CHAIRED BY PROFESSOR JIN YAN (SHANGHAI JIAO TONG UNIVERSITY) 

This panel brings together speakers who have worked to influence positive, evidence-driven change in policy in a range of contexts.

Panellists

Panel Discussion: The Power of Tests: Creating opportunity and fostering inclusion

CHAIRED BY Dr. Johanna Motteram (British Council)
 
This discussion focuses on testing outside traditional education systems and on how assessment can be used to break down institutional barriers. We hear from speakers who have been involved in projects that focus on testing workplace communication skills and providing assessment opportunities for migrants to access higher education.

Panellists

 

Breakout Session Themes

  • RETHINKING ASSESSMENT: INNOVATION IN A CRISIS – Making Assessment work during unprecedented times.
  • ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO ASSESSMENT IN LEARNING SYSTEMS – Alternative methods of assessing language skills in the 21st century.
  • CONNECTING ASSESSMENT AND REAL-LIFE LANGUAGE USE– Using assessment to evaluate the learner’s ability to function in real-life language contexts.
  • ENGLISH OWNERSHIP, IDENTITY AND CONSEQUENCES FOR ASSESSMENT – Exploring the connection between world Englishes and language assessment.
  • THE IMPACT AND CONSEQUENCES OF TECHNOLOGY– The increasingly important and effective role of technology in language assessment.
  • A TEACHING-PERSPECTIVE: QUALITY ASSESSMENT AND THE IMPACT IN THE CLASSROOM – How language assessment research can inform teaching practice in the classroom.
  • General Strand: CONNECTING CONTEXTS: LINKING ASSESSMENT, LEARNING, AND LANGUAGE USE – The role of language assessment at the nexus of shifting systems, ideas and lives.