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I am currently an elected Member-at-Large on the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) executive board and recently chaired the ILTA Best Article Award Committee (award citation). I am also an Expert Member of the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA), a founding member of the Canadian Association of Language Assessment (CALA), and a member of the Medical Research Council Hubs for Trials Methodology Research (HTMR) Recruitment Working Group. I recently reviewed documents on phonology drafted by a working committee for the Council of Europe with likely policy and stakeholder implications and conducted consultancy work with the British Council on automated assessment of speech. I have acted as a peer-reviewer and rapporteur for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grants and as a panel member for academic prizes in the fields of language testing (e.g., ILTA Robert Lado Memorial Award) and pronunciation (e.g., JSLP Best Paper Award), having myself been recipient of best article and best thesis awards. I have been involved in capacity- and community-building as co-coordinator of the Bristol Centre for Assessment and Evaluation Research (2012-15) through organizing seminars, supporting research bids, seeking new funding sources, and stakeholder outreach and regularly serve in an assessment advisory role both locally and internationally.
Project funders: British Council (BC), European Commission (EC), Institute of Education (IoE), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC),
● Dr Aek Phakiti, Associate Professor in TESOL, University of Sydney, Australia
● Dr Anna Piasecki, Lecturer in Linguistics, University of the West of England, UK
● Dr Kazuya Saito, Lecturer in Second Language Acquisition, Birkbeck University of London, UK
● Dr Ron Thomson, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, Brock University, Canada
Talia Isaacs, PhD