Sheryl Cooke, Director East Asia Assessment Solutions Team, British Council

Sheryl Cooke leads a regional team that provides language assessment solutions for partners throughout East Asia including needs analysis, language assessment literacy training, test development, post-test services and teacher support. Over the past two years, the team’s work has included a standard setting project to link Aptis and IELTS to the China Standards of English, as well as to link variants of Aptis to the CEFR.

Sheryl has 20 years’ experience in language assessment, including examiner training and item writing. Her qualifications include an MA Language Testing (Lancaster University), an MA Linguistics (SOAS), and the DELTA. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), focusing on automated assessment of spoken English and the potential implications for English as a Lingua Franca. Research interests include the use of new technologies and the ethics of language assessment in the global context.