Dr. Jamie Dunlea
Jamie is Senior Researcher and Manager of the British Council’s Assessment Research Group, based in London. He has a PhD in language testing from the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment and over 25 years’ experience working in EFL education, specializing in language test development and research.
Jamie works on a range of language test development and validation projects for assessment systems designed and developed by the British Council, as well as collaborating on projects with researchers and organisations internationally. Jamie joined the British Council in 2013, and was previously Chief Researcher at the Eiken Foundation, a not-for-profit organization which develops and administers large-scale EFL examinations in Japan. He has 25 years of experience working in EFL education, first as a teacher, then in test development and assessment research. His areas of interest and recent work include the application of validity theory to local testing contexts and linking examinations to frameworks and standards such as the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). In addition to designing and leading a number of international linking projects with the CEFR, he recently led the working group in an international, collaborative project to link UK exams to the recently developed China Standards of English. Jamie is active in the international language assessment research community, sitting on the executive of the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA), and regularly presenting at international conferences.
His keynote address at the IAEA2019 Conference:
“The role of standard-setting in the effective implementation of common standards in education reform”