New Directions in English Language Assessment is the British Council’s flagship language testing and assessment conference. The conference provides perspectives and insight on trends and approaches in English language assessment at a local, regional, and international level. Since being established in 2013, the conference has celebrated nine editions, with the latest being held online in December 2021.

New Directions aims to:  

  • Establish a unique platform for sharing both cutting-edge developments and best practice in English language assessment in education systems. 
  • Provide a dynamic space in which regional and international policy makers, educational professionals, academics, teachers and assessment practitioners can interact, exchange information and keep abreast of the leading developments in the field. 
  • Facilitate an ongoing dialogue amongst a range of regional and international professionals to explore assessment solutions that meet local needs and achieve global standards.

With a focus on language assessment, New Directions is aimed at education and testing practitioners, policy makers and implementers, and other stakeholders with an interest in the role of language assessment in education systems. It will also appeal to language testing academics wishing to gain insight into current research in the field as well as emerging trends in testing and assessment.

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