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The Davies Lecture Award
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The British Council was asked by the 2013 organising committee in Seoul to support a lecture which might offer a different perspective to the well-established Messick Award. The second lecture in the series (in Amsterdam) honoured the contribution of John Trim, who had recently died. At this point, the British Council approached the Toronto committee and Alan Davies (1931-2015) himself with the suggestion that the lecture should be formally named after him to celebrate his thoughtful and occasional incendiary contribution to our field. Happily, all agreed and from that year the lecture has become a fixture on the LTRC programme.

The awardee is invited to give a keynote lecture at the annual Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) on a topic which highlights the importance of understandings about language and applied linguistics for our field.

Previous award recipients

2019:
Cathie Elder, University of Melbourne
Title: Bringing tests to justice: can we make a difference?

2018:
Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne
Title: No policy without testing! How the language of policy persuasion and persuasive language help make testing count

2017:
Ofra Inbar-Lourie, Tel-Aviv University
Title: Language assessment literacies and the language testing community: a mid-life identity crisis?

2016:
John Norris, ETS
Title: Reframing the SLA-assessment interface: ‘Constructive’ deliberations at the nexus of interpretations, contexts, and consequences

2015:
Alister Cumming, University of Toronto
Title: Connecting writing assessments to teaching and learning: Distinguishing alternative purposes

2014 (called the John Trim Lecture):
Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University
Title: Predictable patterns of linguistic variation across proficiency levels and textual task types

2013 (called the British Council Scholar Lecture):
Barry O’Sullivan, British Council
Accountability: Standards and Assessment in Learning Systems

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