Recent TEASIG events & webinars

Joint Event by TEASIG & LTSIG: Exploring the impact of Generative AI on language education: insights from teachers



It feels like every morning we wake up to hundreds of opinion pieces on the use of Generative AI (Gen-AI) in education, but there is surprisingly little research into how English teachers are actually using this technology. In this webinar, we will explore language teachers’ use and attitudes to Gen-AI by drawing on findings from a recent study involving surveys from teachers from 70 countries and in-depth focus groups. Through the insights we share we hope to help the webinar participants better navigate the fast-changing AI landscape, develop a critical perspective towards this powerful and disruptive technology, and spark a few ideas for their own classrooms.

Names and bios of the speakers: Evelina Galaczi & Nahal Khabbazbashi

Evelina Galaczi is Director of Research-English at Cambridge University Press and Assessment.  Her recent work involves exploring the exciting opportunities – and challenges – of using AI in language education. She holds a Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University, New York.  Evelina currently serves as a non-executive Trustee for the International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF), which promotes effective English language education in multilingual contexts and is co-editor for the Language Assessment Quarterly journal.

Nahal Khabbazbashi is Senior Lecturer in Language Assessment at CRELLA. She has a PhD in Education from the University of Oxford. Her research interests include the assessment of speaking, the impact of technology in assessment, multimodality and new constructs in the digital age. Nahal currently serves as the chair of the British Association of Applied Linguistics SIG in Testing, Learning and Assessment.

TEASIG: Testing language learners remotely: prioritizing equity, fairness, and social justice

Speaker: Mark Chapman


The presentation:

The requirement to social distance due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in increased demand for remote or at home testing. This webinar will address the fundamental considerations of equity, fairness, and social justice when delivering computer delivered tests to language learners. Students taking computer delivered tests at home, who are beginning to learn English face particular challenges. If students’ test outcomes do not reflect their language proficiency, but are biased by factors such as, access to technology and challenges following test instructions, the accuracy and usefulness of the test scores may be questioned.

Speaker: Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is the Senior Innovation Researcher at WIDA, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work focuses on developing new language proficiency tests for K-12 English learners in US public schools and international schools. Mark previously spent more than a decade teaching English in Japan. He has a master’s degree in TEFL from the University of Birmingham and a Ph.D. from the Center for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA) at the University of Bedfordshire.


 Thursday November 23, 2023 9:00-10:00am UK Local time. Please check the world clock here for your time.




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