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Friday 10th & Saturday 11th December (10:00-19:00 SGT)

Plenary speaker and panel discussion timings tbc; Breakout session schedule is coming soon

Plenary Speakers


Panel Discussion: Artificial Intelligence

CHAIRED BY Professor Barry O'Sullivan OBE (Assessment Research Group, British Council)


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

CHAIRED BY Ann Veitch (British Council) 

English Medium Education (EME), often referred to as English Medium Instruction (EMI), “refers to the use of the English language to teach academic subjects (other than English itself) in countries where the first language of the majority of the population is not English” (Macaro et al., 2018). Around the world, EME is experiencing rapid growth in popularity, with numerous Outer Circle countries offering university courses in English. The effects of this trend have been under-researched, not least when it comes to assessment. In this panel, our speakers will discuss the implementation and effects of EME on a range of assessment-related issues in the East Asia region. Particular focus will be given to projects conducted in Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam and China. 


Panel Discussion: Inclusivity and Accommodations 

CHAIRED BY Matt Burney (British Council)


Panel Discussion: Climate Action in Language Assessment

CHAIRED BY Chris Graham (ELT Footprint) 
In common with all the stakeholders in ELT, the testing and assessment community has an environmental footprint. The organisations operating in this space are developing ways of at least partly mitigating this negative impact, yet still retaining robust processes to ensure absolute integrity and given the digital divide in many locations, equity of access. In this session the panellists will discuss their perception of the negative impact on the environment of the testing and assessment community, outline what steps their organisation is taking to reduce that impact and their effectiveness, detail the challenges these measures present (including their understanding of the climate impact of digital), describe what legacy they see from the Covid-19 pandemic and suggest how technological developments in the next few years may allow the sector to become substantially greener. 


  • to be confirmed

Breakout Session Themes

  • INCLUSIVITY AND ACCESS IN LANGUAGE TESTING – Making language tests more inclusive and accessible to all.
  • FUTURE-READINESS: LEARNING FROM THE LEGACY OF COVID-19 - How to make language testing systems more resilient and innovative.
  • ASSESSMENT IN COMPREHENSIVE LEARNING SYSTEMS: AT THE POLICY LEVEL – Driving positive change in educational policy and empowering learners.
  • ASSESSMENT IN COMPREHENSIVE LEARNING SYSTEMS: IN THE CLASSROOM – How teachers respond to changes in testing and assessment. 
  • CREATING OPPORTUNITIES: ASSESSMENT FOR WORK - How tests can be used to increase access to the workplace
  • AUTOMATED LANGUAGE TESTING - Implementing automated testing in a responsible way
  • THE IMPACT OF LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, NOW AND IN THE FUTURE – Exploring the environmental impact of testing and making testing more environmentally friendly.



Thursday 9th December (16:00 -19:00 SGT)

Pre-conference Workshops


Workshop: Assessment for learning: Contextualizing and applying inferential validity frameworks

FACILITATED BY William Bayliss (British Council) and Trevor Breakspear (British Council) 
Assessment for Learning (AfL)has become more prevalent in teaching practice over recent years, yet for many the onerous responsibilities of lesson planning and administration leaves little capacity to develop, utilise or validate AfL solutions. At the same time, inferential validity frameworks pioneered by Kane (1992) have been adapted by researchers (Clauser et. al, 2002; Xi 2008; Chapelle, et. al, 2015) to focus on the context and ramifications of technological AfL solutions used in the classroom.

The British Council has developed this workshop to provide insight into online AfL, demonstrate tools that can assist in its delivery, and highlight how we can adapt inferential frameworks to explore elements of its validation. The session begins by contextualizing AfL within the wider notion of assessment literacy and illustrating the adaptation of an inferential argument to validate a contemporary technological AfL solution. Participants will then apply these principles in relation to an AfL scenario to explore ways of utilizing technologies and tools, and then to validate elements of their efficacy.

 Thursday 9th December 16:00

Workshop: Separate or integrate? Assessing speaking as a discrete and integrated skill

FACILITATED BY Richard Spiby (British Council) and Carolyn Westbrook (British Council)

In many classrooms around the world, speaking as a language skill is often neglected due to the practicalities of the size of classes, time available for practice and the perceived difficulty assessing speaking skills. In this workshop, we will consider practical ways in which we can assess speaking skills in the classroom.

We will consider what speaking is and some of the key issues involved in assessing it. Then we will look at different types of tasks that students can be given to develop their speaking skills and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different ways of assessing speaking in the classroom. In addition, we will examine the benefits and drawbacks of assessing speaking discretely or in an integrated way, in recognition that a great deal of spoken interaction in learning environments and real life involves the integration of speaking with other skills. Drawing on the interaction and mediation scales contained in the Common European Framework of Reference Companion Volume, we will present some examples of how integrated skills can be operationalised in task design and scoring. During the workshop, participants will be invited to share their experiences of teaching and assessing speaking in their own context, and complete hands-on activities related to important aspects of assessing speaking in both a discrete and integrated way. 


 Thursday 9th December 18:00

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