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Johnathan Cruise, Emerging Researcher

Johnathan is an Emerging Researcher with the Assessment Research Group of the British Council where he works on various projects, primarily dynamic assessment in machine driven learning and young learner assessment literacy and standardisation projects. Before moving to the UK in 2022, Johnathan managed a pool of researchers in China and project managed such initiatives as IELTS Learner Pathways and Speak Up during COVID. Johnathan has over 15 years' of experience as an examiner manager and examiner trainer and over 20 years experience as a college teacher in EFB, ESP and ELT and language teacher trainer and was trained in general primary education in the UK.

Areas of expertise

  • Test development and validation: English for Academic Purposes
  • Online Language Testing
  • Image Use in Oral Test Items particularly for SEN in YL tests


Cruise, J. (2021). Don't chase the zeitgeist: aAn approach to image research for children of any generation. ILTA December Newsletter.


  • PhD, Institute of Education, UCL, commencing 2024
  • MA, Applied Linguistics and TESOL, DeMontfort University, 2009
  • PGCE, General Primary KS3&4, Bedford College, 1992
  • BA (Hons), English Literature and Language, University of Wales College Cardiff, 1991