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Call for Nominations: Cambridge/ILTA Distinguished Achievement Award
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10/9/2019 to 11/11/2019
When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Where: United States

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Call for Nominations:
Cambridge/ILTA Distinguished Achievement Award

On behalf of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA), the selection committee is pleased to invite nominations for the Cambridge /ILTA Distinguished Achievement Award. ILTA members are invited to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of language testing.
If the committee finds a qualified candidate, the award will be presented at LTRC 2020, to be held in
Hammamet, Tunisia, June 9-13, 2020.
Purpose of the Award
To acknowledge distinguished service and/or scholarship in the field of Language Testing.
The Award
An award of £1,000 and a framed certificate to be presented at the annual LTRC.

The language tester so honoured will be invited to deliver a plenary lecture at the LTRC at which the award is presented, with return economy airfare and up to four nights’ accommodation paid for by Cambridge English Language Assessment, and conference registration and banquet costs provided by ILTA.
Criteria for the Award
The recipient is selected according to evidence of the following kinds:

  • Extensive, inspirational academic, professional, and/or administrative leadership in the field of Language Testing
  • Valuable research and scholarship in Language Testing
  • Mentoring of students and/or young scholars into the field of Language Testing
  • Active engagement in the practice of developing and using language tests
  • Being an active member of the Language Testing community currently or recently (i.e., within the last 10 years)

The award can be made posthumously, to a nominee who has died since the last award was made.
Nominating Procedure
Please send nominations to
Dan Douglas, chair of the committee, by e-mail at
Your nomination should describe the nominee’s contributions to the field and provide a rationale for nominating this person.  If the nominee has an informative personal webpage, the URL should be given. You should also provide the nominee’s contact information, including an e-mail address.
The deadline for nominations is
11 November, 2019.
Distinguished Achievement Award Committee
Dan Douglas, Chair ( (Previous Award Recipient)
Micheline Chalhoub-Deville,(ILTA President)
Nick Saville (Cambridge English Language Assessment representative)
Jessica Wu(ILTA member & former Executive Board member)
Past Awardees
2019 Dan Douglas,Iowa State University

2018 Carolyn E. Turner,McGill University

2017 Sauli Takala,University of Jyväskylä (posthumously)
2016 John de Jong,Pearson Education
2015 Tim Mcnamara,University of Melbourne
2014 Cyril Weir,University of Bedfordshire
2012 Carol Chapelle,Iowa State University
2010 Elana Shohamy,Tel Aviv University
2008 J. Charles Alderson,University of Lancaster
2007 Charles Stansfield,Second Language Testing, Inc.
2006 John Clark,the Defense Language Institute
2005 Bernard Spolsky,Bar Ilan University
2004 Lyle Bachman,University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
2003 Alan Davies,University of Edinburgh

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