Speaker in New Directions conference


New Directions in English Language Assessment: Latin America is an international conference on trends and issues in language assessment, with a focus on Latin America. The conference is organised by the British Council and will bring together language educators, policy makers, and assessment researchers to exchange ideas, information, and the latest research findings. This inaugural conference will look particularly at the interaction between assessment and education. This year’s conference is the first New Directions Latin America, which will be an annual event to provide connections between countries across the region and with the wider international language testing research community.

Theme of the Conference

Alignment of assessment with learning outcomes, curriculum and teaching 


Presentation proposals related to the main theme or any of the following subthemes are particularly welcome:

  • Assessment for mobility in employment and education
  • Assessing English for Specific Purposes
  • Assessing the language proficiency of teachers
  • Assessment literacy
  • Assessment and stakeholder expectations / perceptions  
  • Assessing speaking

While priority will be given to proposals related to the main theme, we also welcome proposals on innovative assessment research of general interest to the wider field of language testing and assessment not directly related to the main theme. 

Types of proposals

  • Research presentations: 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes for Q&A.

Research presentations can include studies involving quantitative and / or qualitative data collection and analysis methods, or on presentations describing new or innovative interpretations of theory relevant to the field. 

  • Works-in-progress: 15 minutes plus 5 minutes Q&A

Works in progress are particularly appropriate for emerging researchers and PhD students in the process of designing and carrying out studies. We also welcome action-research oriented projects carried out by teachers and language assessment practitioners

Target Audience

With a focus on the interaction between language assessment and education, the conference seeks to attract education and testing practitioners, policy makers and implementers, and other stakeholders with an interest in the impact of assessment on education. It will also appeal to language testing academics wishing to gain insight into current research in the field as well as new directions in testing in practice in Latin America.

Submission of Proposals

We invite proposals addressing the main and sub-themes of the conference and are particularly interested in those describing practical approaches, research case studies and innovative perspectives on challenges in language assessment in the Latin American context.

All abstract submissions must be made through the speaker proposal form (see downloads). Please note that only the forms that are completed in full will go through to be reviewed.


Criteria for Submission of Abstracts

Proposals should be:

  • 250 words or less in length
  • reflective of the main theme or at least one of the sub-themes of the conference
  • relevant to the target audience
  • of practical interest to members of the target audience
  • relevant to the Latin American region or including a regional perspective on an international paper
  • original and offering insight
  • submitted in English 
  • submitted to newdirectionslatam@britishcouncil.org
  • in Microsoft Word format to allow for ‘blind’ evaluation by the selection panel

Presentations should be:

  • 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes for Q&A
  • in English

Works-in-progress should be:

  • 15 minutes in length plus 5 minutes for Q&A
  • in English

Please note that the working language of the conference is English.


Submission of proposal abstracts: 

31st January 2019

2nd round extended to 11th February

Notification of acceptance:

First announcement 10th February 2019

Second announcement 15th February 2019


Submission Guidelines

We ask prospective presenters to fill in a speaker proposal form and return it to: newdirectionslatam@britishcouncil.org

The speaker proposal form can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please note that only the forms that are completed in full will go through to be reviewed.

More Information

Find out more information about the conference here.

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