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This year's New Directions East Asia will take place on 27-29 October as a three-day event in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

The conference will commence with an opening plenary on the evening of Friday 27 October, with a discussion session and refreshments afterwards. This is followed by two full days of conference proceedings, which include:

  • four more plenary sessions
  • two panel discussions 
  • 36 paper presentations
  • six Spotlight sessions
  • one symposium.


Opening plenary - Yin & Yang in English education and assessment: A holistic view

by Dr Quynh Nguyen, Director of the Department of Research, Science and Innovation, University of Language and International Studies, Vietnam National University (ULIS-VNU)

Plenary #2 - The future of English learning systems: a virtuous circle?

by Mina Patel, Assessment Researcher, British Council

Plenary #3 - Developing a Comprehensive Learning System for English language teaching in Japan: The case of the CEFR-J

by Prof Yukio Tono, Professor at the Graduate School of Global Studies and  Director of the World Language Center, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Plenary #4 - Policy and practice: Developing a working Comprehensive Learning System

by Prof Barry O’Sullivan OBE, Head of Assessment Research & Development, British Council

Plenary #5 - Assessing Young Learners: Teachers’ and children’s perspectives

by Prof Sue Garton, Department of English, Languages and Applied Linguistics, Aston University


Panel #1 - Title to be confirmed

Chair: Dr Jamie Dunlea, Senior Researcher and Manager, Assessment Research Group, British Council


  • Dr Huu Nguyen, Director, National Foreign Languages Project, Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam, and Vice Director, Center for Language Testing and Assessment, University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University (VNU)
  • Dr Jessica Wu, Director General for Research & Development, The Language Training and Testing Center
  • Dr Anindito Aditomo, Head of Agency for Standardization, Curriculum, and Assessment in Education. Ministry Of Education, Culture, Research and Technology
  • Associate Prof Dr Jirada Wudthayagorn, Director, Chulalongkorn University Language Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and President, Asian Associate of Language Assessment
  • Prof Yan Jin, Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Chair, National College English Testing Committee of China

Panel #2 - Assessment as learning enabler in teaching Young Learners

Chair: Department of English, Languages and Applied Linguistics, Aston University


  • Dr Jing Wei, Vice President, AI & Product Innovation, MetaMetrics Inc
  • Prof Kyungja Ahn, Department of English Education, Seoul National University of Education
  • Dr Itje Chodidjah
  • Ruth Horsfall, Teaching Excellence Lead, Europe and Americas, British Council Spain