East Asia Assessment Research Grants

The British Council East Asia Assessment Research Grants are designed to promote research in the area of language assessment which will have a significant impact on assessment practice in the future and add to the growing body of research on the Aptis test, specifically in an East Asian context.

Projects will be for a period of one year.

The maximum financial support for individual projects will, in principle, be limited to a maximum of £5,000

AREAS OF INTEREST FOR 2015

  • Aptis test development and validation
  • Aptis test impact
  • Aptist test localisation

WHO CAN APPLY

Educational institutions and suitably qualified individuals are invited to apply for funding to undertake applied research projects of relevance to Aptis. This can include established academics in universities/professional testing organisations and post- doctoral fellows

GRANT RECIPIENTS FOR 2014

  • Chen Ying (Ocean University of China, China). Exploring Chinese EFL test-takers’ audience awareness in the Aptis writing test: Multiple perspectives.
  • Cheng Junyu (South East University, China). The contribution of phonological and orthographic vocabulary size on L2 listening and reading.
  • Lee Wonkey (Seoul National University of Education, Korea). A content validation of the Aptis for Teachers with reference to the TEE accreditation criteria in Korea: A customisation effort.
  • Ardi Marwan (Politeknik Negeri Pontianak, Indonesia). Examining pre-Service English teachers’ English proficiency using Aptis: A longitudinal study at two teacher training colleges in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • Yumiko Moore and Sathena Chan (University of Bedfordshire, UK). Investigating the cognitive constructs measured by the Aptis Writing Test in the Japanese context: A case study.
  • Tang Jinlan (Beijing Foreign Studies University, China). Assessment for learning: Using Aptis as a diagnostic assessment tool in the EFL classroom.
  • Zheng Ying and Zhang Yanyan (University of Southampton, UK). Aptis in China: Exploring stakeholders’ perceptions of its validity and practicality.

KEY DATES FOR EAST ASIA ASSESSMENT RESEARCH GRANTS 2015

31 May 2015  Deadline for submission of proposals 
31 July 2015 Successful applicants notified
31 August 2016  Final submission of research findings