The British Council works with key local, regional and international partners to deliver the New Directions conference series.

National Foreign Languages Project

The National Foreign Languages Project (NFLP), Ministry of Education and Training, has been in operation since 2008. Its goals include the renovation of foreign languages education in the national education system, the ongoing implementation of foreign languages curricula in different education and training levels, the improvement of people’s general foreign language competence to meet their study and work requirements; the enforcement of the human resources’ competitive capability in the context of global integration, thereby contributing to the development of the country; the foundation of making foreign languages be the Vietnamese secondary students’ general competence by 2025. NFLP's stakeholders include almost 100,000 English teachers teaching and 23,000,000 students learning different foreign languages across the country.

British Council - IELTS

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. More than 11,500 organisations globally trust IELTS. These organisations include educational institutions, employers, governments and professional bodies. Originally launched in 1980, for more than 40 years IELTS has set the standard for English language testing to help people achieve their professional, personal, and academic ambitions. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP IELTS, and Cambridge Assessment English. 

Aptis - ESOL

What is Aptis ESOL?

Aptis ESOL is a four-skills, computer-based English test, developed by the British Council assessment experts and delivered in supervised face-to-face test sessions. The Aptis ESOL certificate provides proof of candidates’ ability to communicate in English at all levels from A1 to C2 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).  

Aptis ESOL is regulated by Ofqual and recognised by public bodies and institutions in a number of countries. 

Why choose Aptis ESOL?

  • validated by independent research   
  • secure computer delivery
  • flexible testing options   
  • high value: reliable, recognised proof of level at an affordable price   
  • quick and accurate results in just 48 hours

Aptis ESOL is available in the following variants: 

  • Aptis ESOL General
  • Aptis ESOL Advanced
  • Aptis ESOL for Teachers


NILE is a world-leading centre of excellence in professional development for language educators, both face to face and online, in the UK and overseas.

Since 1995, NILE has trained over 70,000 English teachers globally, through open-enrolment CPD courses and tailor-made programmes for groups, an MA programme with a TEA module, and ELT project management and consultancy for institutions and ministries worldwide.

Lancaster University

Opportunities to study and research language testing and assessment at Lancaster University 

Lancaster University's academic programmes and research in language testing and assessment have an excellent reputation internationally. 

Our team of experts offers:

  • MA in Language Testing by Distance - two years part-time online
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Language Testing by Distance - one year part-time online
  • Short courses on topics in Language Testing - ten weeks part-time online
  • MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) with Language Testing - two years part-time online
  • PhD in Linguistics - research only or by thesis and coursework - full-time and part-time, on campus and by distance

University of Bristol – School of Education

The School of Education is ‘globally renowned for its ambitious interdisciplinary education research’ that is focused on national/international priorities around environmental, social and epistemic justice. The school’s mission is ‘to develop learning and leadership for a changing world’. This is accomplished through research and teaching that ‘promotes achievement, opportunity and social justice’. The School of Education is ranked 31st in the world and 6th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023. In June last year, QS ranked the University of Bristol as the 61st best university in the world, 18th best in Europe and 9th best in the UK. 

The School of Education has been running a Language Testing and Assessment (LTA) unit in their MSc TESOL programme for 20+ years, led by Professor Pauline Rea-Deakins and then Professor Guoxing Yu (since 2007).

University of East Anglia

The School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia offers an innovative research-informed and professionally oriented TESOL Master’s aimed at upskilling current/future practitioners. The course is taught by experienced academics and researchers with international experience. We also offer an MA in Second Language Education.

Located in the charming and historic UK city of Norwich, the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia has a long history of research and teaching in the field of English language teaching.  The School conducts internationally relevant research (cf. the latest UK-wide Research Excellence Framework – REF) and is home to UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation. The University is also committed to excellent teaching.


CRELLA provides scholars, examining boards, and government organisations with guidance and assistance in achieving the highest standards of research and development in English language learning and assessment. A major focus of CRELLA activity is research into the nature of English language proficiency, and into improved methodologies for measuring this.

Members of CRELLA undertake research projects and consultancies in all aspects of language testing and evaluation. Currently members of CRELLA are working on projects in the UK, Europe, East Asia, and the Americas.

University of Edinburgh

At Moray House School of Education and Sport, we offer world-class, research-informed interdisciplinary education to students on our one-year Masters’ programmes in TESOL, Language Education and Language and Intercultural Communication.

Our programmes are suitable for both experienced teachers and newcomers to the field and the latest research in the areas of language and communication underpins all of our teaching. 

The staff, students and alumni of Moray House School of Education and Sport have influenced, improved and transformed learning and teaching worldwide.

We are the leading School in Scotland – ranked first for research power in Education and Sport (REF 2021), and we consistently rank in the top tiers of education Schools worldwide.

The University of Edinburgh is in the heart of Scotland’s capital; a capital that is considered one of the world's most desirable places to live.