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Call for Papers: The 6th British Council New Directions in English Languages Assessment
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6/4/2018 to 7/31/2018
When: Monday, June 4, 2018
Where: United States

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Theme of Conference: Standards in Learning Systems 


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


The design, use and implementation of language standards and proficiency frameworks in language testing and assessment, and the link between standards, assessment and the wider educational context, such as curriculum design.


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



  • The alignment of existing tests to proficiency standards and the use of standards to inform the design and validation of new tests.
  • The manner in which standards can inform classroom teaching and assessment.
  • The impact of using standards to inform policy decisions and set assessment goals, either at a national or institutional level, on teaching and learning.
  • The localisation of standards and proficiency frameworks: adapting large-scale national or international standards to a more fine-grained focus on local needs.
  • The relationship between the rapid development of artificial intelligence and automated rating technology and assessments designed from and aligned to existing proficiency standards.

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.


Location of Conference


Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12, Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Conference Dates


22nd– 23rd October 2018


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
  • in Microsoft Word format to allow for ‘blind’ evaluation by the selection panel




Submission of proposal abstracts        :31 July 2018

Notification of acceptance                    :21 August 2018

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