Research Interests

Glenn’s research interests are primarily in language testing and assessment, policy issues in test use, and the philosophy of testing and assessment.

He has extensive experience of working on test design (paper and computer based) and development projects, including the design and creation of test specifications, item/task design and prototyping, item/task review procedures, pre-testing, test analysis and assembly. He has specific expertise in the design and development of rating instruments for performance assessments, particularly for L2 speaking and communication. He developed the first data-based rating scales between 1987 and 1993, and continues to research in this area. He has also worked for a number of major testing companies in a research or consultancy capacity on test development projects, alignment studies, and conducting item writer/rater training.

Research Projects

Glenn has been involved in many language testing research projects, and in 2009 he was a Leverhulme Research Fellow working on expanding definitions of assessment literacy and testing practice.

Topics for Doctoral Supervision:

  • Construct definition and operationalization
  • Designing test specifications
  • Task design, prototyping and piloting
  • Content analysis for EAP or specific purposes testing
  •  Investigating task difficulty
  •  Designing rating scales for performance assessment
  • Interface issues in computer based testing
  • Validation
  • Pragmatic notions of validity and the philosophy of educational assessment
  • Ethics and Standards in language testing practice
  • Test use, political mandates and philosophy

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