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Our authors draw on the academic literature and recent evaluations to reflect on English language assessment as a cultural relations activity. 

They trace the organisation’s role since 1941 in both its commercial and charitable work in assessment. They argue that in both cases a cultural relations approach can be traced: by engaging with individual examination candidates, as well as with education ministries, our activities have built trust and respect. 

Authors

Barry O'Sullivan and Mina Patel

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