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British Council Announces International Assessment Award Winner

Thursday, May 21, 2020   (0 Comments)
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British Council is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2020 British Council International Assessment Award is Gudrun Erickson, Senior Professor of Education in Language and Assessment at the Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Professor Gudrun Erickson has been an active driver of thinking in language testing in her native Sweden and across Europe for over 30 years. In that time she has researched, written and spoken on technical, theoretical and social aspects of tests. Her work has covered issues related to national language testing policy and practice and also assessment in the classroom. It is in this latter area that she has perhaps offered the most lasting contribution to the discipline and to the individual teachers and students that have always been at the heart of her work.

In 2016 she was elected President of the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA). It has been widely accepted that during her time as President, she strengthened the organisation and brought to it a more unified and impactful stance. Her tireless work for the organisation, coupled with her willingness to offer advice and support to colleagues internationally set her apart as one of Europe’s leading figures in the area. All of this was invariably undertaken with great commitment to fairness and justice to test takers and other key test stakeholders. Over the years, she has inspired a generation of language testing practitioners across Europe and beyond with this attitude.

The International Assessment Award is made to an individual who is nominated by his/her peers and has worked for the promotion of excellence in language assessment on the international stage. We would like to offer our sincere congratulations to Professor Erickson on receiving this award in recognition of her continuing contribution to language assessment in her native Sweden and across Europe.

Assessment Research Group
British Council

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