A collaboration between British Council and Metametrics
MetaMetrics and the British Council Assessment Research Group invite applications for research which will contribute to our understanding of the construct of EFL reading comprehension and reading comprehension assessment.
The aim of the grants is to build insights into the interaction between features of text and reading tasks that impact comprehension and can inform teaching, learning and assessment and evaluation. In addition, the grants are intended to provide a body of validity evidence which can contribute to the validation of The Lexile Framework for Reading and EFL reading assessment instruments, such as the Aptis test system developed by the British Council and other British Council test development projects. The projects sponsored by the grants will contribute to improving the application, use and interpretation of these instruments in learning, teaching and evaluation.
Projects will generally be 12-18 months in duration but, in exceptional circumstances, projects lasting up to 24 months will also be considered.
The call for proposals is expected to open in February 2023.
Who can apply?
Educational institutions and suitably qualified individuals are invited to apply for funding to undertake applied research projects of relevance to the areas of interest outlined below.
The financial support for individual projects will, in principle, be limited to a maximum of £15,000, although it is expected that projects requesting financial support in the region of £10,000 to £15,000 will be most positively considered.
Areas of interest for 2022
The research grants support researchers around the world in conducting and disseminating the highest quality research. The areas of particular interest to MetaMetrics and the British Council in 2022 are listed below. This section will be updated again in January 2023 prior to the call for proposals opening.
- Studies on English language progression, including studies on the relationship between age, instruction (e.g., hours of study, method) and typical gains in reading comprehension ability as measured by Lexile reading measures and Aptis reading scores.
- Studies investigating the relationship between the use of feedback derived (i.e. Lexile reading measures) from Aptis and the impact on teaching and learning.
- Studies investigating the impact of controlled vocabulary on reading comprehension level.
READING COMPREHENSION GROWTH
- Studies investigating the relationship between reading comprehension level as measured by Lexile and Aptis reading scores (i.e. interaction between person and text), growth in reading and the impact on the comprehension level needed for optimal growth.
- Studies investigating the level of comprehension of reading materials needed to be successful in the global community and in careers.
- Studies investigating the similarities and differences between EFL reading contexts and English medium instruction contexts in terms of reading demands, the cognitive processes elicited as a part of typical reading tasks, and interpretation of Lexile measures and EFL reading test scores.
IDENTIFYING DEGREES OF READING TEXT COMPLEXITY APPROPRIATE TO THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY FRAMEWORKS
- Identifying criterial features of reading texts appropriate for different levels of international or national proficiency frameworks or standards (Common European Framework of Reference, China Standards of English, etc.)
IS ACCESS TO STUDENT OR TEXT LEXILE MEASURES AVAILABLE?
Aptis scores and Lexile reading measures for research purposes are available by working with the British Council to administer Aptis. Lexile text measures for research purposes are available by working with MetaMetrics to measure the complexity of the text. For more information on Lexile reading or text measures, visit www.Lexile.com.