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New Directions 2020 Conference Programme

Friday 30th October (9:00-18:00)
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 (9:00-18:00)

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

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

  • Dr. Rukmini Banerji (Pratham)
  • Dr. John Simpson (British Council)
  • Ms. Alison Barrett (British Council)
  • Dr. Ute Knoch (University of Melbourne)
  • Dr. Jessica Wu (LTTC)

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

CHAIRED BY 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

  • Dr. Sarah Richardson (ACER)
  • Dr. Marie Yeo (SEAMEO RELC)
  • Dr. Jay Banerjee (Trinity College London)
  • Dr. Gog Soon Joo (SkillsFuture Singapore)
  • Dr. Claudia Harsch (University of Bremen)
 

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. 

See also