Since its inception, the Language Testing Research Centre (LTRC) has carried out many major projects for institutions and government agencies throughout the world. Clients have included: Educational Testing Service (Princeton, NJ), the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (Cambridge, UK), the South East Asia Ministers of Education Organisation (Singapore), the OECD (Paris) and other agencies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
LTRC Team 2020
Language testing and assessment
Language testing and assessment is a discipline with a principled approach to designing and validating tools to assess and evaluate language abilities. The language testing field is informed by the academic disciplines of linguistics, the social sciences and education. The practice of language assessment supports just/sound decision making for policy makers, practitioners and test takers in education, migration and workplace contexts.
The LTRC serves as a global leader promoting ethical and exemplary research and practice in language testing and assessment. Our aim is to build professional expertise and public understanding of the field and to advocate for appropriate testing practices on behalf of stakeholders. We provide consultancy services, policy advice and public advocacy.
What we do
- carry out research in language testing and assessment.
- develop and validate tests and other tools to measure abilities in English and other languages, for various purposes such as:
- diagnosis of learning needs
- placement into language programs
- course admissions
- program evaluation
- certification of language abilities for professional / employment needs
- provide education and training in the area of language testing and assessment.
- provide policy advice and advocate for appropriate testing and assessment practices.
Dr Jason Fan is the Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Language Testing Research Centre, University of Melbourne. Before moving to Australia in August 2018, he was an Associate Professor at College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Fudan University, China. His research interests include the validation of language assessments and research methods. He is the author of Development and Validation of Standards in Language Testing (Fudan University Press, 2018) and the co-author (with Tim McNamara and Ute Knoch) of Fairness, Justice and Language Assessment (Oxford University Press, 2019). He is the current chair of the Nominating Committee of Asian Association of Language Assessment (AALA), a Member-at-Large of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA, 2020-2021), and the conference chair of the Pacific-Rim Objective Measurement Symposium (PROMS) in 2018. He serves on the editorial board of Language Testing.
Past directors of the Centre include Emeritus Professor Alan Davies (Founding Director), Distinguished Professor Tim McNamara, Professor Liz Hamp-Lyons and Associate Professor Catherine Elder. All are internationally renowned for their scholarship and service in the field of language testing.