New Directions is an international conference for policy makers, researchers and practitioners involved in English Language Assessment. It provides a forum for policy makers, educational professionals and academics to interact, exchange information, and keep abreast of leading developments in the field of English language teaching, learning, and assessment. The conference showcases innovative approaches and local, national and international research.

New Directions 2019 was the British Council’s first New Directions conference in the Latin America region, bringing this expert-led event from East Asia to new audiences. The next New Directions will take place in 2021 in Bogota, Colombia.

New Directions 2020 postponed

The British Council has taken the decision to postpone the 2nd New Directions in English Language Assessment Conference in Latin America scheduled to take place in August 2020 in Bogota, Colombia. After closely monitoring local Government and health authority guidance relating to Covid-19, we feel this is the right choice in ensuring the wellbeing of all our conference attendees and staff.

However, the good news is that the event, which is the first of its kind in Colombia and only the second in Latin America, will go ahead next year and we are currently working with the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá to find a new date for the conference in May or June 2021.

Furthermore, the British Council will also be scheduling a related webinar, offering insight on key assessment literacy themes, in August 2020 to coincide with the original conference dates.

The New Directions in English Language Assessment Conference was developed to actively contribute to the growth of the assessment community in Latin America and for this year we were delighted to receive 134 proposals from over 21 countries, demonstrating the widespread level of knowledge and interest in English language testing experience, research and best practice.

The British Council appreciates your understanding of the decision to postpone the 2nd New Directions in English Language Assessment Conference in Latin America and will be issuing an update on both the webinar and conference as soon as we have more concrete information.

For any immediate enquiries, please contact the team on: newdirectionslatam@britishcouncil.org.