The British Council is considered the global leading expert in English language teaching and assessment, and China's National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) jointly hosted the 5th New Directions in English Language Assessment Conference in Shanghai from 2 to 3 December.
The conference explored the interactions between English teaching, learning and assessment to accelerate the progress of English language assessment in the APAC region.
The New Directions in English Language Assessment Conference, hosted by British Council, is an annual event on the APAC language assessment calendar. The conference provided insight into trends in English language assessment and was a showcase for innovative approaches and research in the field, locally and internationally.
This year, the conference focused on the theme of "Connecting Assessment with Teaching and Learning", and discussed topics including language proficiency frameworks, foreign language testing for admissions and exit tests in education systems, measuring teachers' language teaching proficiency, assessment literacy for language teachers, foreign language testing for employability, and artificial intelligence and technology in language testing.
The most recent event has unprecedented attendence, with over 500 education and testing practitioners and policymakers attending and over 200 abstracts received from local and international academics and researchers. Of the 60 speakers selected to present at the conference, 30% were from outside mainland China.