Professor Barry O’Sullivan

SENIOR ADVISER, LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT RESEARCH GROUP | BRITISH COUNCIL

Professor O’Sullivan is the founding president of the UK Association of Language Testing and Assessment and holds honorary and visiting chairs at the Universities of Reading and Roehampton in the UK and the University of Technology MARA (Kuala Lumpur) and at the University of Lisbon. His recent work includes the development and validation of a new business to business language test called Aptis. 

In 2016 Professor O’Sullivan was awarded fellowship of the Academy of Social Science.

Dr. Jamie Dunlea

SENIOR RESEARCHER, LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT RESEARCH GROUP | BRITISH COUNCIL

Dr Dunlea works on a range of language test development and validation projects for assessment systems designed and developed by the British Council. He also collaborates on projects with researchers and organisations internationally. He joined the British Council in 2013, and was previously Chief Researcher at the Eiken Foundation of Japan, a not-for-profit organization which develops and administers EFL examinations in Japan. He has 25 years of experience working in EFL education, first as a teacher, then in test development and production and assessment research.

British Council in Armenia

Dr. Victoria Clark

ASSESSMENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, EAST ASIA | BRITISH COUNCIL

Dr. Clark’s field of expertise is the assessment of English as a second/foreign language (EFL). She has published several books on GEPT test preparation and has presented in conferences around the world. She worked as an EFL teacher and teacher trainer before specialising in language assessment. Her research interests include performance-based testing, teaching and assessing writing, validity of speaking tests, and task complexity.

Conference moderator: Richard Spiby

TEST DEVELOPMENT RESEARCHER | BRITISH COUNCIL

Richard Spiby has been the Test Development Researcher for the receptive skills (reading and listening, together with grammar and vocabulary) since June 2016. His main responsibilities involve analysing operational data and revising and developing the receptive skills components of the Aptis test.