The key speakers for New Directions 2021 include key thought leaders, policy makers, educational experts and tertiary education institute leaders in the field of English Language Assessment.

Professor Barry O’Sullivan is the Head of Assessment Research & Development at the British Council where he was responsible for the design and development of the Aptis

Professor Barry O’Sullivan OBE

Head of Assessment Research & Development, British Council

He has undertaken research across many areas of language testing and assessment and has worked on the development and refinement of the socio-cognitive model of test development and validation since 2000. He regularly speaks at international conferences and has over 100 publications. He is the founding president of the UK Association of Language Testing and Assessment.

Keynote Abstract: Localisation in Learning Systems

Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Director, Language Assessment and Associate Professor

Beverly Baker

Associate Professor and Director of Language Assessment at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, University of Ottawa, Canada

Her research and publications focus on language teaching and assessment from the perspective of multiple stakeholders. She has worked with more than 1500 language teachers worldwide on workshops and collaborative projects. She is currently Treasurer of the International Language Testing Association. In 2019 she was awarded the British Council’s International Assessment Award. 

Plenary Abstract: Language Assessment Literacy


Fumiyo joined CRELLA in 2009. She holds a PhD in Language Testing, an MA in Applied Linguistics and a Postgraduate Diploma in TEFL from the University of Essex

Fumiyo Nakatsuhara

Reader in Language Assessment at the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Her main research interests lie in the nature of co-constructed interaction in speaking tests, task design, rating scale development, and the relationship between listening and speaking skills. She has led a number of international testing projects, working with ministries, universities, and examination boards. Her publications include the book, ‘The Discourse of the IELTS Speaking Test’ (with P. Seedhouse, 2018, CUP). 

Gabriela Kaplan has worked in teacher education for more than 20 years

Gabriela Kaplan

General Coordinator of the Ceibal en Inglés programme at Plan Ceibal, Uruguay

has worked in teacher education for more than 20 years, especially in the fields of literature and culture of English-speaking countries and is passionate about public education. She co-designed the programme Ceibal en Inglés when she worked at Políticas Lingüísticas at the National Board of Education (ANEP) in Uruguay.   

Plenary Abstract: Developing a localised semi-direct speaking test for young learners in Uruguay: challenges and innovations