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Call for Proposals: 2nd British Council New Directions in English Language Assessment Conference
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1/2/2020 to 2/14/2020
When: Thursday, January 2, 2020
Where: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

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2nd British Council New Directions in English Language Assessment
Conference in Latin America.


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 bring policy makers, practitioners, and researchers together for the presentation of innovative approaches and practical solutions, with a focus on real-life case studies and works-in-progress reports.


Date:             Thursday 27th August to Saturday 29th August 2020

Venue:          Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá D.C., Colombia


Main theme: Professionalising English assessment in learning systems: sharing practicalities and implications.


The conference will focus on professional development in the area of English language assessment at all levels of the education system; the impact of planned, systemic, high-quality investment in development, the practicalities of implementing such programmes and the implications of not. It will explore how institutional, national and even regional systems attempt to professionalise the variety of stakeholders involved in deciding, planning and implementing programmes and the English language assessments with which they work.


Keynote and plenary speakers include:

  • Barry O’Sullivan (British Council)
  • Beverly Baker (University of Ottawa)
  • Isabel Longres (University of Montevideo & Plan Ceibal)
  • Fumiyo Nakatsuhara (University of Bedfordshire)



  • Language assessment literacy
  • Assessing productive skills
  • Operationalising the ESP construct


The Call for Proposals is open and we invite abstracts addressing the main and sub-themes of the conference and are particularly interested in those describing practical approaches, research case studies and innovative perspectives in language assessment in the Latin American context.


Criteria for Submission of Proposals

Proposals should be:

  • 250 words or less in length
  • reflective of the theme 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 Latin American region or including a regional perspective on an international paper
  • original and offering insight
  • submitted in English


Submit proposal here

Key dates

Call for Proposals Closes                  Friday 14th February 2020

Outcomes of Proposals Announced  Friday 27th March 2020



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