Cambridge English Centenary Conference
07 Sep 2013

English for the Future: assessing, learning, teaching and using the global language

English language learning is experiencing one of its most dramatic periods of growth and we must both respond to, and prepare for, the inevitable changes that such growth will demand. 
 
English is now one of the primary curriculum subjects for many children around the world, and it is vital that the assessment community understands this landscape so that it can develop the right strategies, content and assessments for this rapidly expanding, and diverse, student group.
Programme
09:25
Welcome and introduction
09:30
Professor John Rallison, Chairman of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
Welcome

What's on now:
09:40
Dr Michael Milanovic, Chief Executive, Cambridge English Language Assessment
Welcome from Chief Executive

09:50
Ron White, Former Director of the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Reading, UK
Welcome from Chair

10:00
Assessing English: A systemic view of assessment within an educational context
Dr Nick Saville, Director Research & Validation, Cambridge English Language Assessment, UK;
Dr Neil Jones, Assistant Director Research & Validation, Cambridge English Language Assessment, UK.

10:50
Break
11:10
Video: Spain Bilingual projects: BEDA, FERE, Anthony Matthews
11:15
Dr David Graddol, Director, The English Company (UK) Ltd, UK
Profiling English in China: the impact of socio-economic context on learning English

11:30
Melanie Williams, Author, educational consultant and teacher trainer, France
Learning English as a basic skill: is younger necessarily better?

11:45
Kay Bentley, Author, educational consultant and teacher trainer, UK
Integrating Content and English Language learning in Schools: L1, B2, 3Ps?

12:00
Learning English Q&A
12:10
Video: Italy CLIL & PL2000: Gisella Lange
12:15
Professor Peter Medgyes, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
The native / non-native conundrum revisited

12:30
Dr Juan Manual Martínez García, Planning Director for Curricular Development, Ministry of Public Education, Mexico
Teaching English in Mexico, a matter of public policy

12:45
Teaching English Q&A
13:15
Break
14:10
Video: Electronic learning materials: Eric Baber
14:15
Michael Carrier, Director Strategic Partnerships, Cambridge English Language Assessment, UK
The future directions of technology-supported language learning

14:30
Professor Ted Briscoe, Director, ALTA Institute (Automated Language Teaching and Assessment), University of Cambridge, UK
Insights from computational linguistics in teaching and assessing written English

14:45
Professor Mark Gales, Machine Intelligence Laboratory, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK
Insights from machine learning in assessing spoken English

15:00
Technology and the Future Q&A
15:15
Break
15:40
Video: China: English in Chinese Universities: Xiangdong Gu
15:45
Dr Kathleen M. Bailey, President, The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF), USA
English at work: learning and using English on the job

16:00
Professor Tim McNamara, School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Using English for Professional Purposes

16:15
Dr Lid King, Director, The Languages Company, UK
The multilingual city

16:30
Using English Q&A
16:45
Closing remarks
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