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New Directions East Asia 2021 will take place on December 10 & 11, 2021 with two pre-conference workshops on December 9. All events will be held online in the conference platform. Registration is needed to access the conference platform.

Pass Types

There are two pass types for the conference: Standard and Complimentary

Standard Pass – the Standard Pass provides access to ALL sessions in the main conference (not including pre-conference workshops).

Complimentary Pass – the Complimentary Pass provides access to all the accepted academic papers breakout sessions and a selection of Spotlight, Plenary, and Panel Discussion sessions. Please refer to “Access” info below and our registration guide for detailed information.

Pre-conference workshops on December 9 can be added to either registration pass at a cost of £5GBP per workshop.


Included with Complimentary Pass (Complimentary Pass provides access to the below sessions)

Included with Standard Pass (Standard Pass includes everything in the Complimentary Pass plus the items below)

All Breakout sessions

Plenary – Professor Low Ee Ling

Keynote Welcome - Stevie Spring, Chairman, British Council

Plenary – Barry O’Sullivan

Sara Pierson, Director Examinations, British Council interview with Scott McDonald, CEO, British Council

Plenary – Jay Banerjee

Panel Discussion: Climate Action in Language Assessment

Plenary – Judit Kormos

Panel Discussion: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in language testing

Panel Discussion: English-Medium Education (EME) - Assessment Issues in an East Asian Context

Spotlight on India: The British Council and the NHS Nurses’ IELTS Training Course

Panel Discussion: Artificial Intelligence: opportunities and challenges for the future of language assessment

Futures of English: past and future predictions

Spotlight on South Asia

Spotlight on Japan: Tablet Delivered Speaking Tests for Japan’s University Entrance Exams

Futures of English: past and future predictions

Spotlight on East Asia

Spotlight on Taiwan: Ministry of Education Deputy Minister will talk about Taiwan's bilingual ambitions

Spotlight on ASEAN: English as a Subject in Basic Education in ASEAN: Current Issues and Future Directions

Spotlight on Singapore: Overview of the Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (WPLN) project with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)

Eye-tracking symposium

Spotlight on Malaysia: The progress of Aptis testing for MoE teachers in Malaysia

Student awards Q&A and awards ceremony

Spotlight on Vietnam: Policy dialogue to explore aspects of assessment and testing in Vietnam

*Pre-conference workshops are not included with either pass. Workshops can be added to either pass during registration for £5GBP per workshop.


The Standard Pass regular price is 25GBP. An early-bird price will be available for attendees registering before November 1. There is no charge for the Complimentary Pass. The two pre-conference workshops on December 9 are 5GBP each. Registration will be open until December 9.

All prices GBP (£)

Early-Bird Price (available before Nov 1)

Regular Price







Pre-conference workshop x 1



How to register

Access registration from the New Directions East Asia conference website here:

Platform Registration Home Page

The registration process takes about 10 minutes and you will need to provide your:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Telephone number (required for log-in authentication)
  • Country/Territory of residence
  • And agree to our terms and conditions.

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