Plenary Speakers

ALTE has the pleasure of inviting four plenary speakers to the 7th International Conference who will each use one of the four strands as the basis for their presentation.

Plenary presentations will be interpreted into International Sign Language, and Spanish.

Multilingual assessment integrated with language policy: Lessons from research and new initiatives for equality and justice

Elana Shohamy

Elana Shohamy is a professor of Multilingual Education at Tel Aviv University where she teaches and researches various issues of multilingualism as they relate to testing and assessment, language policy, immigration and linguistic landscape; her current testing research is on multilingual assessment.  She authored The power of tests: A critical perspective on the uses of language tests (2001), Language policy: Hidden agendas and new approaches (2006), and edited Testing and Assessment volumes of The Encyclopedia of Language and Education (Springer, 2009 and 2018). Elana was granted the ILTA Lifetime Achievement Award in language testing (2010).  

Innovations and Implications of Language Assessment Technologies

Paula Buttery

Paula Buttery is a Professor of Language and Machine Learning at the Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge. She has expertise in developing computer applications (Natural Language Processing) and also in language cognition (Computational Psycho-linguistics). She is currently the Director of the Cambridge Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment (ALTA). This is an Artificial Intelligence institute that uses techniques from Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to improve the experience of language learning online. Paula's work within ALTA focuses on English language learners but Paula also has experience working with under-resourced and endangered languages. 

Can Tests be Fair and Valid?

Barry O'Sullivan

Professor Barry O’Sullivan is the Head of Assessment Research & Development at the British Council. He has undertaken research across many areas on language testing and assessment and its history and has worked on the development and refinement of the socio-cognitive model of test development and validation since 2000. He is particularly interested in the communication of test validation and in test localisation. He has presented his work at many conferences around the world, while almost 100 of his publications have appeared in a range of international journals, books and technical reports. He has worked on many test development and validation projects over the past 25 years and advises ministries and institutions on assessment policy and practice.

He is the founding president of the UK Association of Language Testing and Assessment (UKALTA) and holds honorary and visiting chairs at a number of universities globally. In 2016 he was awarded fellowship of the Academy of Social Science in the UK and was elected to Fellowship of the Asian Association for Language Assessment in 2017.

Twentieth-century paradigms under pressure: Language testing and human rights in 2020

Bart Deygers

Bart Deygers is a professor of second language acquisition and language assessment at Ghent University. In his research he examines and questions the role and impact of high-stakes tests in today’s society. Human rights, justice and fairness are central to his publications and research, which focus on empirically verifying the policy makers' assumptions regarding test score use and on examining how language testing policies take shape. His current research discusses language requirements in migration and integration policies, and educational bias in citizenship testing. 

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