The Davies Lecture

The Davies Lecture


The Davies Lecture is named in honour of Professor Alan Davies, who has, over the past five decades, contributed so much to the area of language testing. His early work on test development had a major impact on the professionalization of UK language testing, while his writings have helped shape the discipline.

The Davies Lecture is delivered annually at the Language Testing Research Colloquium. It is sponsored by the British Council. 

The purpose of the Davies Lecture is to recognise the importance to language testing of bringing into focus scholarly research in areas such as Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. 

The Davies Lecture was inaugurated in 2014 at the LTRC in Toronto by Professor Alastair Cumming.


The person to be invited to deliver the Davies Lecture is selected by a three-member group representing, that year’s LTRC organising committee, ILTA and the British Council. The selection is typically made with an eye on the themes set by the organising committee.


Since the Davies Lecture is closely linked to the LTRC, all nominations from interested parties will be made to the conference chair, or designated representative. Nominations should refer to the conference themes and the suitability of their nominee with regards to the purpose of the Lecture.


  • a speaker who is recognised as a leading figure in a relevant area of Applied Linguistics or SLA 
  • a topic that draws on this expertise, while focusing on its relevance to language testing 
  • a presentation that contributes significantly to the LTRC and to the area of language testing in general 


  • the speaker will receive an honorarium of £1,000 from the British Council 
  • the British Council will also pay for a round-trip economy airfare, hotel accommodations for three nights at the LTRC and other expenses