The 5th International Language Assessment Conference in Egypt (ILACE) 2019

From: 9/3/2019   To: 9/4/2019



Dr. Dina Tsagari  

Professor, English Language Pedagogy 

Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway


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Dina is a Professor in English Language Pedagogy/TESOL, Department of Primary and Secondary Education, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Lancaster University, UK (in language test washback). She has previously worked for the University of Cyprus and the Greek Open University. Her research interests include language testing and assessment, teacher training, materials design and evaluation, differentiated instruction, multilingualism, distance education and learning difficulties. She is the editor and author of several volumes, journal papers, and book chapters and the coordinator of the Classroom-based Language Assessment SIG – EALTA. She is currently coordinating and participating in research projects on second language assessment literacy (, English as a Lingua Franca, identifying linguistic parameters accounting for progress in proficiency in high-stakes tests and authentic language acquisition in multilingual contexts. (Her webpage is:




Richard Spiby 

Test Development Researcher 

Assessment Research Group, British Council 

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Richard Spiby works at the British Council in London. He has been a Test Development Researcher there with the Assessment Research Group since June 2016. His main responsibilities involve overseeing operational analysis and developing the receptive skills components of new and existing Aptis test variants. He also works on a variety of assessment development and training projects worldwide.

Richard has previously worked in the UK and Turkey, mainly in the university sector, in test production, management and research. His areas of interest include cognitive processing, strategy use in reading and listening, statistical analysis and inclusivity in language assessment.