Five plenary speakers for the conference - leading voices in language assessment and multilingualism - will give their perspectives on the thematic strands of the conference:
Director, The Languages Company, UK
A languages teacher in secondary, higher and adult education, advanced level examiner and materials writer, Dr Lid King was Director of CILT from 1992 to 2003. From 2003 to 2011 he was National Director for Languages, taking forward the implementation of the National Languages Strategy for England. He is co-author – with Lord Ron Dearing – of The Languages Review, and has represented the UK on languages at both the European Union and The Council of Europe. As Director of the Languages Company, he is primarily involved in European projects and policy analysis.
Associate Dean of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy and Director of the Language Centre at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
The Language Centre develops and administers tests in Irish for adult learners. Over the past thirty years, Anne’s work has included language teaching, the development of language education policy, and research on multilingualism in Ireland. Widely published, Anne has also published research with the Council of Europe, and collaborated with Cambridge English Language Assessment. She is former chairperson of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (2004-7) and Raidió na Gaeltachta (2010-13), Ireland's national Irish language radio station. In November 2012 she was appointed Chairperson of the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Irish regional authority responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of the Irish-speaking regions.
R&D Program Director, The Language Training & Testing Center (LTTC), Taipei, Taiwan
Jessica Wu holds a PhD in language testing. She supervises research and development of the GEPT, which targets English learners at all levels in Taiwan. She also serves as an adviser on the development of L1 tests in her country. She has published numerous articles and book chapters in the field of language testing. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of LAQ and a member-at-large of the ILTA.
Director, The English Company (UK) Ltd, United Kingdom
David Graddol is well known as a writer, lecturer and policy consultant on issues related to global English and educational trends. David is Director of The English Company (UK) and was until the beginning of this year joint editor of the Cambridge University Press journal English Today. He is on the editorial boards of several other journals, including Language Problems and Language Planning, and Visual Communication.
David's publications include several important research and policy documents commissioned by the British Council. The Future of English? (1997) set out a new agenda for understanding the growing importance of English as an international language and its role in globalisation. English Next (2006), provided an update on English in global education and this was followed by English Next India (2010), which explores the changing status of English in India and its role in India’s economic development. He is currently working on “English Next Brazil” which will be published next March, and a book for Cambridge English, “Profiling English in China: The Pearl River Delta” is now in press.
David previously worked for 25 years in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies at the UK Open University and has also been a Visiting Associate Professor at City University of Hong Kong (British Council Distinguished Visiting Scholar). He has worked as a consultant on various ELT projects in China, India and Latin America since the early 1990s.
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Head of the Assessment and Evaluation Department at the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) in France
Bruno Mègre, a lecturer on evaluation and assessment at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3), and the author of several books on evaluation and language learning, is Head of CIEP's Department of Evaluation and Certification. Founded in 1945, CIEP is a National Public Institution in France, recognised for its expertise in evaluation, training and assessment, and for its management of international projects. CIEP focuses on French language education, and on the assessment and certification of French as a foreign language, especially in the context of international mobility. CIEP works closely with the French Ministries of Education and Higher Education, and is also the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ main operating partner with regard to the French language.