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Calls: English; Applied Linguistics/Japan

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Date: 02-Apr-2019
From: Sheryl Cooke <>
Subject: 7th British Council New Directions in English Language Assessment in East Asia
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Full Title: 7th British Council New Directions in English Language Assessment in East Asia

Date: 08-Dec-2019 - 09-Dec-2019
Location: Yokohama, Japan
Contact Person: Sheryl Cooke
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2019

Meeting Description:

New Directions in English Language Assessment is a series of annual conferences organised by the British Council providing perspectives and insight on trends and approaches in English language assessment locally and internationally.

The conference aims to provide a forum for the presentation of innovative approaches and practical solutions, with a focus on real-life case studies and works-in-progress reports.

Theme of Conference:
Realising Potential: Policy, Engagement and Impact

Conference Dates
8-9 December 2019

Location of Conference
PACIFICO National Conference Centre, Yokohama, Japan

For more information please visit the website:

Call for Papers:

The 7th British Council New Directions Language Assessment Conference East Asia

This is the second Call for Papers for the upcoming New Directions in English Language Assessment in East Asia conference. Our keynote speakers this year are Professor Yoshinori Watanabe (Sophia University), Dr Talia Isaacs (University College of London), Professor Joseph Lo Bianco (University of Melbourne), and Professor Barry O’Sullivan (British Council).

This year’s New Directions conference invites proposals for papers on the following main theme:

The critical role that language assessment plays in the creation, reform, and implementation of policy. We invite papers that focus on issues surrounding assessment policy, including how policy is created, how it is implemented, and the effect it has on stakeholders. This theme includes how teachers orient syllabuses towards tests, decisions based on test results, the motivations of policy makers when introducing tests and the overall effect of test use on language acquisition.

Proposals on the main theme or any of the following sub-themes are welcome.


- Alignment of Policy with Context
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Assessment and Inclusion
- Implementing Performance Assessment
- Technology and Consequences

General Strand

There will be a section of parallel sessions set aside for outstanding proposals on topics or innovative assessment research of general interest to the wider field of language testing and assessment which are not directly related to the main theme.

Submission of Proposals

We invite proposals addressing the main and sub-themes of the conference and are particularly interested in those describing practical approaches, research case studies and innovative perspectives on challenges in language assessment in the East Asian context.

Criteria for Submission of Abstracts

Proposals should be:

- 250 words or less in length
- reflective of at least one of the sub-themes of the conference
- relevant to the target audience
- of practical interest to members of the target audience
- relevant to the East Asian region or including a regional perspective on an international paper
- original and offering insight
- submitted in English
- submitted to


Submission of proposal abstracts: 30 April 2019
Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2019

For more information, please visit the New Directions website or feel free to contact us at

Download the full Call for Papers here:

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