New Directions 2017 addressed the theme: Connecting Assessment with Teaching and Learning.
The conference aimed 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.
We focused on:
- The critical role that language assessment plays in education.
- How descriptions of proficiency, teaching ability and teachers’ assessment knowledge inform teaching and assessment.
- How language testing interacts with teaching and learning at the beginning and end of educational cycles and beyond as students are equipped for the working world.
- The possibility of new technology solutions to large scale testing demands will also be explored, in light of the demands of a focus on communicative competence in East Asia.
In 2017, the conference jointly held between the 3rd International Conference on Language Testing and Assessment and the 5th British Council New Directions in English Language Assessment Conference.
It took place on 2-3 December 2017 at the Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai, China and was attended by over 500 delegates, including leaders in English Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment from business and government from around the world.