The International Language Assessment Conference in Egypt 2020

From: 9/4/2020   To: 9/5/2020



Trevor Breakspear

Innovation Projects Manager, British Council China

Trevor Breakspear has 18 years of teaching and training experience within the Chinese ESL and EAP contexts and over 10 years of project management experience within localization and assessment fields. He is currently pursuing an MA in Language Testing with Lancaster University. Trevor works in a project development role within the British Council’s East Asia Assessment Solutions Team, focusing on the research and development of new assessment products that combine best practice assessment principles with the latest AI technologies.


Christine Coombe

Associate Professor of General Studies at Dubai Men's College

Christine Coombe has a Ph.D in Foreign/Second Language Education from The Ohio State University.  She is currently an Associate Professor of General Studies at Dubai Men's College.  She is the former Testing and Measurements Supervisor at UAE University and Assessment Coordinator of Zayed University. Christine is co-editor of Assessment Practices (2003, TESOL Publications); co-author, A Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learners (2007, University of Michigan Press); co-editor, Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness in EF/SL Contexts (2007, UMP); co-editor, Language Teacher Research in the Middle East (2007, TESOL Publications), Leadership in English Language Teaching and Learning (2008, UMP) Applications of Task-based Learning in TESOL (2010, TESOL Publications), The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Assessment (2012, Cambridge University Press), Reigniting, Retooling and Retiring in English Language Teaching (2012, University of Michigan Press) and The Cambridge Guide to Research in Language Teaching and Learning (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Volume 8 of the TESOL Encyclopedia of ELT (Wiley Blackwell, 2018) and The Role of Language Teacher Associations in Professional Development (2018, Springer).  Christine’s forthcoming books are on innovation in the MENA, research questions in TESOL and Applied Linguistics and professionalism in education. 

Christine has lived and worked in the Gulf for the past 27 years.  In this capacity, she has served as the President and Conference Chair of one of the largest TESOL affiliates in the world and is the founder and co-chair of its Testing Special Interest Group.  

During her tenure in the Middle East, she has won many awards including: 2002 Spaan Fellowship for Research in Second/Foreign Language Assessment; 2002-03 TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award; TOEFL Board Grant for 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08 and 2009-10 for her work in delivering assessment training assessment in developing countries. She served on the TESOL Board of Directors as Convention Chair for Tampa 2006 and was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Teacher of the Year for 2003-04.  She served as TESOL President (2011-2012) and was a member of the TESOL Board of Directors (2010-2013).  Christine received the British Council’s International Assessment Award for 2013.  Her most recent honor was being named to TESOL’s 50@50 which “recognizes professionals who have made significant contributions to the TESOL profession within the past 50 years.” Dr Coombe is the 2018 recipient of the James E. Alatis Award which recognizes exemplary service to TESOL. 


Samir Omara

English Language Teacher, Teacher Trainer and NileTESOL President-Elect (Egypt) 

He has been an English language teacher and teacher trainer for the Ministry of Education and Technical Education in Monofia (Egypt) since 1998. He got diplomas of education, special education, and educational leadership. He studied “TEFL” and “Management & Leadership Development” at universities of Exeter and Westminster in the UK. He presented at ILACE, NileTESOL, IPAWL, TESOL, BETT and ASES. He is a RELO-NileTESOL mentor, AE E-Teacher alumnus, MOOC alumni facilitator, AUC Professional Certified Trainer, PAT and AMIDEAST teacher trainer. In 2019, he got “UK Alumni Professional Achievement” award.  He was Head of Professional Development for Teachers First Egypt from 2016 to 2020. He is NileTESOL 2020 President-Elect. 


Anna Soltyska

Lecturer of English for General and Specific Academic Purposes

University Language Centre, Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany)

Anna Soltyska is a lecturer of English for General and Specific Academic Purposes at the Ruhr-University in Bochum (Germany). A graduate in Applied Linguistics from the University of Warsaw, she has been active in the language teaching and testing industry for over 20 years and worked in various contexts (secondary and higher education, in-company and private one-to-one settings, high- and middle-stake test design, administration and delivery). She regularly runs teacher training workshops and has presented internationally on the topics of language assessment. Her research interests include task-based learning, teaching and assessment, assessment-related malpractice, teaching foreign languages in plurilingual classrooms, validating assessment of writing skills, and integrating mediation activities in language learning and testing. Anna is a member of the IATEFL Testing, Assessment and Evaluation SIG Committee in her role as a webinar co-moderator.