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Call for Papers: 7th British Council New Directions in English Language Assessment in East Asia
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2/15/2019 to 4/30/2019
When: Friday, February 15, 2019
Where: Yokohama

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7th British Council New Directions in English Language Assessment in East Asia


Theme of Conference:

Realising Potential: Policy, Engagement and Impact


The British Council is proud to announce the 7th edition of New Directions in English Language Assessment in East Asia to be held in Yokohama, Japan on 8-9 December 2019.


About New Directions


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.

For more information please visit thewebsite. Download the fullCall for Papers.


Main Theme


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 the effect this has on test-takers, 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 knowledge and 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.


Location of Conference


PACIFICO National Conference Centre, Yokohama, Japan


Conference Dates


8-9 December 2019


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


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