Dr Sathena Chan

Associate Professor in Language Assessment

Sathena Chan

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I have a Bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching, a Masters in Language Testing and Program Evaluation and a PhD in Language Assessment. In addition to teaching EAP/ESP in Asia, I have worked as data analyst, external examiner and consultant for Cambridge University Press & Assessment, Trinity College London & Oxford University Press. I started as a postdoctoral researcher at CRELLA in 2013 and was made Associate Professor in 2023. At CRELLA, I have established a research profile with over 30 research grants/consultancy projects and I get to work with leading assessment providers in the UK and worldwide to develop or redesign high-stakes exams which are taken by millions of candidates each year.

I conduct research on different aspects of large-scale language assessment from construct definition, test design, rating scale to validation. I am interested in the dynamic relations between multimodal input-based tasks, test takers’ cognitive processes and levels of performance. I am also passionate about innovating methodological advancement in L2 research and practice.

I am the Special Interest Group (SIG) Co-ordinator of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and serve on the UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment’s Nomination and Membership Committee. I was Convenor (2019-21) of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) – Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group (TEA SIG). I regularly review for journals, book publishers and research councils including Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). I am on the editorial board of Innovation of Language Learning and Teaching. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I welcome proposals for supervision from postgraduate research students in topics on assessing L2 reading, writing and integrated skills, cognitive processes in testing and methodology in language testing practice and research.

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Students I currently supervise:

Ian Newby Reading-into-writing assessment in an EAP context
Steven Jones An investigation into the pertinent features of high-quality synthesis writing and the impact of teacher feedback on integrated writing skills.

Recipient of 2021 Text Inspector - Research Scholarship Award

Theses completed under my supervision:

Dr Tanzeela Anbreen

L2 writers' revisions in a computer-based academic English writing test task: a keystroke logging study

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Recipient of 2015 British Council Assessment Research Awards

Dr Safia Sheraz

Investigating types of reading used by native and non-native English readers on academic reading: an eye tracking study

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Martine Holland Testing academic literacy in reading and writing for university admissions (MA by Research)
Dr Nicola Latimer

Reading during an academic reading-into-writing task: an eye-tracking study

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Yumiko Moore

Investigating the Cognitive Constructs Measured by the Aptis Writing Test in the Japanese Context: A Case Study

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My books include Defining Integrated Reading-into-Writing Constructs (read an excerpt [PDF]) and Research and Practice in Assessing Academic English (both Cambridge University Press). I have written book chapters on topics such as Differences in L2 Reading and Listening (Routledge) and Construct Definition at the Heart of Language Assessment (Cambridge University Press). I have also published widely in peer-reviewed journals. According to Scopus (up to 2023), 57.1% of my articles are in top citation percentiles and 100% in top 25% journals. You can access directly, or find links to my publications through the University of Bedfordshire Repository and on a comprehensive list of CRELLA publications


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