International Perspectives on Assessing World Languages

From: 1/30/2019   To: 1/31/2019



We are extremely happy to announce our Plenary Speakers for IPAWL 2019: 


Jim Purpura


 Dr. James E. Purpura is Professor of Language and Education in the Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Jim’s research has focused on grammar and pragmatics assessment, the cognitive underpinnings of L2 performance, learning-oriented assessment as a framework for understanding how learning can be incorporated into formal assessments, and how assessments function when embedded in teaching and learning and mediated through interaction. Currently, he is involved in a multi-year project on Scenario-Based Assessment. A former President of ILTA, Expert Member of EALTA and a member of the US Department of Defense Language Testing Advisory Panel, Jim is currently co-editor of Language Assessment Quarterly, and is series co-editor of both New Perspectives on Language Assessment and Innovations in Language and Learning Assessment at ETS. Jim was a Fulbright Scholar at the University for Foreigners of Siena in 2016.


Neus Figueras 


Dr. Neus Figueras Casanovas started her career as a teacher of English and coordinated the development of foreign language curricula and certificate examinations for adult learners in the regional ministry of education in Catalonia, Spain, for over 20 years. She has been involved in a number of international research and development projects related to assessment at different education levels (Dialang, Speakeasy, Ceftrain, Dutch CEFR construct project, EBAFLS) and has given courses and presented in universities in Spain, in various European countries, in Asia and in the USA. She has carried out consultancy work in assessment (University of Bilkent, Turkey; BIFIE -Centre for Assessment and Innovation-, Austria; University of Saint Petersburg, Russia, Quiyas, Saudi Arabia) and in curriculum design (U.N. New York and Geneva). She collaborates with the Council of Europe in the dissemination of the CEFR in testing and assessment and is one of the authors of the Manual for Relating examinations to the CEFR (Council of Europe, 2009). She is a founding member of EALTA (European Association for Language Testing and Assessment,, and was the first President (2004-7) of the Association. She is currently the coordinator of the EALTA CEFR SIG. She was awarded the third International British Council Assessment Award (2015)