The 2nd International Language Assessment Conference in Egypt (ILACE) 2016

From: 9/5/2016   To: 9/6/2016


 The ILACE 2016 Organizing Committee is very pleased to announce our two pleneary speakers:


Eleanore Hargreaves, Reader, UCL Institute of Education, London University, UK


Jamie Dunlea, Senior Researcher, Language Assessment Research Group, British Council, British Council 


Please scroll down the page to read their bios. 



Dr. Eleanore Hargreaves PhD, M Ed, MA (Oxon), PGCE

Reader, UCL Institute of Education, London University, UK

Eleanore has been teaching at UCL Institute of Education since 1997.  She currently leads the MA Programme in Effective Learning and Teaching.  Her key publications include What Makes a Good Primary School Teacher (2015); The SAGE Handbook of Learning (2015); and Children’s Experiences in Classrooms (2016 forthcoming).  Her best known Journal Article publication was entitled ‘Assessment for Learning? Thinking outside the (black) box’, published in the Cambridge Journal of Education in 2005.

Eleanore’s expertise is in assessment, learning and Assessment for Learning with a specialisation in language learning.  She has carried out extensive research into the relationships between assessment, learning and Assessment for Learning in school classrooms.  In particular, she has focused on the pupil’s experience in the classroom: of teaching, learning and assessment; and how pupils themselves describe these experiences.  She is currently exploring how the school assessment system affects pupils’ classroom English language learning.

Eleanore studied Islamic History for her first degree at Oxford University and then lived and taught in Alexandria, Egypt for four years where she taught in a National Institute.  She proceeded to write an MA thesis on the best conditions for second language learning.  Later she carried out doctoral research in the same school in Alexandria focusing on the assessment system in the school and in Egypt more widely.  Since then she has undertaken various further projects, researching teaching and learning in Egypt, both in Cairo and Alexandria.

In addition to research in Egypt, Eleanore has led consultancies and research projects in Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar among others, as well as in the UK.


Jamie Dunlea, Senior Researcher, Language Assessment Research Group, British Council

Jamie Dunlea is a Senior Researcher for the Language Assessment Research Group at the British Council, based in London. He works on a range of language test development and validation projects for assessment systems designed and developed by the British Council, as well as collaborating on projects with researchers and organizations based in diverse contexts internationally. He has worked in English language teaching and testing for over 23 years. After working as a classroom teacher for nine years in Japan, in 2002 he joined the Eiken Foundation of Japan, a not-for-profit organization which is the largest provider of EFL examinations in Japan. He has extensive hands-on experience with the nuts and bolts of item writing and review through working with the team that produce the EIKEN tests. From 2009 to 2013, he led validation research into the EIKEN tests as the Chief Researcher. His research interests include standard setting in relation to the CEFR and the application of validity theory to language testing, in particular integrating the latest developments in validity theory with the experience and expertise of local educational and assessment contexts. Since joing the British Council he has been involved in a range of large scale development and validation projects. These include applying the Socio-cognitive framework for test development and validation to the development of detailed test specifications, using automated text analysis tools to investigate criterial features of test tasks at different levels of the CEFR, and mixed method validation studies of rating scales for tests of speaking and writing.