How well can Tests of Academic English represent language use for University Study in the digital age?

   Centre For Research In English Language Learning And Assessment (CRELLA)

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  Prof Tony Green, Dr Chihiro Inoue  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Application Deadline

  • International/EU applicants - 30th November 2022
  • UK nationals - 6th January 2023

Aiming towards improved measurement of Academic English proficiency in the digital age, the project will employ the Socio-Cognitive Framework for test development and validation developed at the University of Bedfordshire to investigate major English language tests used for university admissions. The project will establish the extent to which the material used on such tests provides an authentic representation of the language demands faced by students during their academic studies. It will explore students’ use of communicative language strategies in digital learning environments and investigate the development and use of novel test task types that may better reflect these. The project will contribute to the refinement of aspects of the Socio-Cognitive Framework and lead to new thinking on test design, impacting on global practice.

CRELLA (Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment)

CRELLA is a world leading research centre for English language learning and assessment.

The Research Excellence Framework 2021 (the UK government assessment of the quality of research in this country) placed our research 3rd among 92 institutions. CRELLA advises examining boards and government organisations worldwide on achieving the highest standards in English language learning and assessment. For more information, see:

Funding Notes

The University of Bedfordshire will contribute up to £14,000 (c £4,600pa) towards the successful applicant’s tuition fees (whether international or home) across 3 years of full-time PhD study. The student is responsible for any remaining fees and for their living expenses.
[The current PhD fees]
• Domestic full-time fees average £4,800 pa
• International full-time fees average £15,000 pa
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