TEASIG Committee

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Anna Soltyska – TEASIG Webinar Coordinator

I was born in Warsaw (Poland) and am currently based in Germany where I lecture English for General and Specific Academic Purposes at the Ruhr-University in Bochum. I have 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). My 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.

I joined TEASIG shortly before the IATEFL conference in Glasgow in 2017 where I was the winner of the Trinity College London Language Examination Scholarship. Since April 2020 I am glad to actively support the TEASIG Committee in my role as the Webinar Coordinator.

Maggi Lussi Bell – TEASIG  EditorMaggi Lussi Bell

I am from the English Midlands, but have lived in German-speaking Switzerland for more years than I care to admit! My introduction to English language teaching was via oral testing, something which fascinated me from the start and continues to do so.

Both my Master’s degree in TESOL at the University of Manchester and my EdD at the University of Bristol gave me deeper insights into this area, my doctoral dissertation focusing on interaction during the question phase of academic oral presentations. My work experience included leading the English team at the School of Life Sciences and Facility Management at the Zurich University of Life Sciences, where I was involved in both teaching and testing. My professional interests have included various projects, teacher development, and attending as many workshops and talks on testing as possible! I headed the English Teacher’s Association of Switzerland’s Testing, Examinations and Assessment SIG for a number of years.

I have been a TEASIG member for almost two decades and have attended several IATEFL conferences, always coming away with a wealth of ideas. I am delighted to be part of the Committee as Editor of TEA Today, and to have the opportunity to help further the wider goals of the TEASIG.

Ide-ImageSaeede Ide Haghi – TEASIG Social Media Coordinator

I have been involved in English language education in the UK and abroad for the past fifteen years. My career began as a general English instructor, and, later, an educational advisor, the responsibilities of which involved conducting and marking placement tests, as well as arranging observation sessions for teachers as part of their CPD. Following the completion of a CELTA course in London, I continued to work as a teacher trainer at a language school in Istanbul, designing and delivering pre- and in-service training courses and workshops. I subsequently took on a new role as an EAP tutor, initially in an EMI context, at a university in Turkey, then, later, in the UK.

In the past five years I have worked for the British Council as a speaking and writing examiner, and recently, an item writer. I have also been involved in MA TESOL teaching at the University of Sheffield as well as the University of Warwick, where I have completed an MA in TESOL (with a specialism in language testing) and a PhD in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. In addition to lecturing and EAP tutoring during my postgraduate studies in the UK, I acted as a PI in other research projects funded by educational testing organizations – inside and outside the UK – including British Council and ETS. Most of these projects explored language testing in the academic context. I am particularly interested in the areas of EAP assessment (pre and post entry tests) as well as in-sessional academic English and academic literacy provision.

I have been an IATEFL member for a number of years; and I became an IATEFL TEASIG member in 2015 when I won the IATEFL Trinity College London Language Examinations Scholarship and subsequently presented a report of my MA project in TEA showcase at the IATEFL conference in Manchester.

Thom Kiddle – TEASIG WebmasterThom Kiddle

I am Director at NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education) in Norwich, UK. I have taught and tested across four continents and hold the Cambridge Delta and an MA in Language Testing from the University of Lancaster. I have published in Applied Linguistics, System and Language Assessment Quarterly journals, and wrote the chapter on Developing Digital Language Learning Materials in the 2013 publication ‘Developing Materials for Language Teaching’ and two chapters for Routledge handbooks on Teacher Education in 2019. My professional interests are language assessment, technology in language learning and assessment, and teacher training and development. I used to have my own personal interests, but now have two sons aged 7 and 10 who make their interests mine!

I was a speaker at the TEASIG PCE in Harrogate in 2014 and in Brighton in 2018, ran a webinar for TEASIG in May 2015 and I have written for TEASIG publications since 2011.

With acknowledgement and huge thanks to former Committee Members who helped build and sustain TEASIG:

Mehtap Ince
Mehvar Ergun Turkkan
Neil Bullock
Ceyda Mutlu
Sharon Hartle
Dave Allan
Judith Mader
Zeynep Urkun
Sue Hackett
Charles Burghout
Doris Froetscher
Carol Spoettl
Ayşegül Liman
Susan Sheehan
Afshin Parsi
Kari Smith
Keith Morrow
Tricia Aspinall
Brian North
Richard West
Sue Davies

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