Dr Carolyn Westbrook is a Test Development Researcher for productive skills (writing and speaking). She joined the Assessment Research Group in April 2018 and her main responsibilities are the ongoing validation of the Aptis tests as well as revising and developing the productive skills tasks.

Carolyn is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and, before joining the British Council, was an Associate Professor in EFL. She has over 25 years’ experience teaching and testing ESP, EAP, Business English and General English in Spain, Austria, Germany and the UK. Her main interests are in teaching and testing ESP and EAP, and she has also been involved in several projects developing assessment literacy for teachers.

Areas of Expertise

  • Assessing ESP
  • Assessing EAP
  • Assessment literacy


Noble, A., Westbrook, C. and John, P., (2017). ‘Piloting Maritime English: developing a universal English proficiency test for deck officers’.In: The International Maritime Lecturers’ Association 29th International Maritime English Conference (IMEC). Busan: Korea Institute of Marine Fisheries and Technology. Busan: South Korea.

Westbrook, C., (2017). ‘Considerations in teaching, testing and assessing academic writing’. In: Collection of Scientific Articles and Materials of the International Conference: Linguistic Education Today: Russian and International Practices. Surgut: Surgut State University.

Westbrook, C. and John, P., (2016). ‘Developing and validating a universal Maritime English proficiency test for Deck Officers’. In: The International Maritime Lecturers’ Association 28th International Maritime English Conference (IMEC). Gothenburg: Chalmers University.

Korenev, A., Westbrook, C., Merry, Y., and Ershova, T., (2016). ‘Language Teachers’ Target Language Project: Language for specific purposes of language teaching’. In: Language Teaching, Vol. 49 (01). pp. 146-148. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/S0261444815000373

Westbrook, C. & Holt, P.S., (2015). ‘Addressing the problem of outside assistance in pre-sessional writing assessments.’ In: Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Vol 18 (2015), pp. 78-83. Oxford: Elsevier.

Green, A., Westbrook, C. and Burenina, N. (eds.), (2014).Course Handbook for Promoting Sustainable Excellence in English Language Testing and Assessment. Moscow: Cambridge University Press.

 Westbrook, C., (2014), Unlock 3 Reading and Writing Student’s Book. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.



  • PhD, University of Bedfordshire, Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA)
  • MA in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching with a specialisation in language testing and assessment, University of Southampton
  • Cambridge DELTA