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Professor Tony Green
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University of Bedfordshire
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Dr Fumiyo Nakatsuhara

Reader in Language Assessment

Fumiyo Nakatsuhara

Fumiyo joined CRELLA in 2009. She holds a PhD in Language Testing, an MA in Applied Linguistics and a Postgraduate Diploma in TEFL from the University of Essex. Her MA dissertation received the IELTS MA Award 2005 from the IELTS partners (British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IELTS Australia).

Her research interests include the nature of co-constructed interaction in various speaking test formats (e.g. interview, paired and group formats), the impact of test-taker characteristics on test performance, task design, rating scale development and the relationship between listening and speaking skills.

She also has a keen interest in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, especially Conversation Analysis and statistical analysis in language testing and applied linguistics research.

The co-construction of conversation in group oral testsFumiyo's recent publications include the book, The co-construction of conversation in group oral tests (2013, Peter Lang),  chapters in Language Testing: Theories and Practices (O'Sullivan, ed. 2011) and IELTS Collected Paper 2: Research in Reading and Listening Assessment (Taylor and Weir, eds. 2012) and research papers in Language Testing  (2011; 2014), ELT Journal (2008), and Cambridge ESOL Research Notes (2006). 

She has presented her research at a number of national and international conferences, such as the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA), the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) and the Language Testing Forum (LTF).

Her current and recent funded research projects and consultancy work for language examination boards include:

  • Speaking test validation projects for IELTS (British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment, and IDP Australia), Aptis (British Council), the Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) and the Integrated Skills of English examinations (ISE: Trinity College London);
  • Speaking test development and validation projects for the Test of English for Academic Purposes (TEAP; EIKEN Foundation of Japan) and the University of Central Lancashire examinations (UCLan examination board);
  • Reading and Writing test validation projects for the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT: Language Training and Testing Center, Taiwan);
  • Writing test validation project for Cambridge ESOL Main Suite examinations (Cambridge English Language Assessment).

She is an HEA Fellow, and she is CRELLA's PGR coordinator, representing the CRELLA Research Institute on the University's Research Degrees Committee. She is currently supervising five PhD students as Director of Studies, and eight PhD students as second supervisor.

She welcomes MPhil/PhD proposals focusing on speaking assessment but also in other areas of language testing and learning.

The courses she has taught include language testing, research methodology and data analysis for MA and BA in TESOL/TEFL/Applied Linguistics/Intercultural Communication, and for the Monkasho Group (secondary school teachers of English sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education).

For more details, please see Fumiyo's CV

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