Professor Lynda Taylor

Visiting Professor in English Language Assessment

Lynda Taylor

Lynda Taylor holds an MPhil and a PhD in applied linguistics and language testing, both from the University of Cambridge, UK. Over more than 35 years she has accumulated extensive knowledge and experience of the theoretical and practical issues in language teaching, learning and assessment. With a background in modern languages (Russian and French) and in English language education, she has worked closely with Cambridge English since the mid-1980s, both as an external consultant and as a fulltime member of staff.

Following considerable experience of examining, item-writing and item-writer training for a range of Cambridge exams, she joined the teams to develop the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) in the late 1980s and to re-develop the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in the early 1990s. For over 10 years, Lynda took a lead role in managing the IELTS research agenda, including the test revisions of 1995, 2001 and 2005, and the publication of research outcomes in edited volumes and peer review journals. In 1999 she established the ESOL Performance Testing Unit to oversee quality assurance, test validation and research for Cambridge’s direct tests of speaking and writing, later becoming Assistant Director of Cambridge ESOL’s Research and Validation Group until 2007. From 2004-2010 she was Managing Editor for the CUP/UCLES Studies in Language Testing (SiLT) series, overseeing the production of more than 15 titles from manuscript to printed volume.

In 2011-2015 she was a Senior Lecturer at CRELLA where she played a key role in research consultancy projects, in PhD supervision and in teaching on the MA programme. She has provided expert assistance for language test design, development and revision projects in the UK and overseas, including China. She has regularly presented at international language testing conferences and run training courses for the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE). Academic research interests include: issues in speaking assessment; using qualitative research methods in linguistic and language testing research; the impact of linguistic variety on language assessment; and ethical issues, including the development of assessment literacy and the provision of testing accommodations. In 2013 she was appointed a Guest Professor in Language Assessment at Beijing Normal University in China.

As well as publishing individual and co-authored papers and chapters in peer-review academic journals and volumes, Lynda has served on the Editorial Boards of Language Assessment Quarterly, Language Testing and Language Teaching, and has reviewed or content-edited manuscripts for journals and volumes in the field. She has edited or authored several of the SiLT volumes, including: IELTS Collected Papers 1 and 2 (2007, 2012), Examining Speaking (2011), Examining Listening (2013) and Testing Reading through Summary (2013).

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