International grant for School of Ed student

Posted by mjs76 at Jul 06, 2011 02:44 PM |
American assessment agency funds innovative EFL research.

A doctoral student in our School of Education, Jong-Il Yi, has been awarded a grant of $2,000 to support her research by Educational Testing Service (ETS), the largest testing and assessment agency in the United States.

Based in Princeton, New Jersey, ETS produce the world's largest volume language test, the TOEFL or ‘Test of English as a Foreign Language‘. First administered in the early 1960s, TOEFL is now accepted as evidence of proficiency in English by more than 8,000 institutions in over 130 countries.

Jong-Il is researching the idea that language generated under computer-based assessment conditions reflect the ways in which second language learners process language in academic classrooms. This could have implications for University admissions. Her research is being supervised by Dr Glenn Fulcher, who is also currently working with ETS on new approaches to the assessment of second language speaking.

Jong-Il is one of only seven researchers around the world to receive a ‘2011 TOEFL Small Grant for Doctoral Research.’

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