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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 have acted as a peer-reviewer and rapporteur for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grants, as an expert evaluator for Horizon 2020 European Commission fellowships (MSCA-IF-2017), and regularly serve on committees or panels for academic prizes in the fields of language testing (e.g., ILTA Robert Lado Memorial Award) and pronunciation (e.g., JSLP Best Paper Award). I recently reviewed the report and descriptors of phonology drafted by a working committee for the Council of Europe with likely policy and stakeholder implications. I have also conducted small-scale consultancy work with the British Council on automated assessment of speech and with a local National Health Service (NHS) Trust on analyzing simulated consultations in a pilot project for senior doctor training in hospital. 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), UCL Institute of Education (IoE), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
● Aek Phakiti, Associate Professor in TESOL, University of Sydney, Australia
● Anna Piasecki, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, University of the West of England, UK
● Kazuya Saito, Lecturer in Second Language Acquisition, Birkbeck University of London, UK
● Ron Thomson, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Brock University, Canada
Talia Isaacs, PhD