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TIRF DDG recipients

Recipients and Findings

The Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) was held online this year from June 14 to 17, and as has been the custom for several years, TIRF was represented there. At the awards ceremony, plaques were given to seven TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) recipients – five 2019 TIRF DDG recipients and two 2020 awardees. (Since last year’s LTRC event was cancelled due to the pandemic, recognizing the 2019 grantees was not possible.)

LEiR: CEFR – Past, Present, & Future

Editor’s note: Earlier this month, the Foundation published the second installment in the TIRF Language Education in Review (LEiR) series, which is co-produced by TIRF and Laureate Languages. In this piece, TIRF Trustee Andy Curtis provides some background information about the paper and the rationale for producing it. A recent

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Grantee Corner: Highlighting Yecid Ortega & Ron Darvin

TIRF is establishing a new column in its newsletter – TIRF Today – that will provide periodic updates about its grantees. In an effort to help our supporters put a face to the organization, “Grantee Corner” will feature brief news from its current grantees (those who are yet to graduate)

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ETS Accepting Applications for COE Awards

ETS has announced the TOEFL® Committee of Examiners (COE) 2021 Research Grant Programs. Full details about the three grant programs are available using the links below. TOEFL COE Research Program TOEFL COE research grants are intended to support research on topics related to the TOEFL iBT® test and the

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Postponed: TIRF’s 2020 MRG Competition

TIRF’s 2020 Masters Research Grants (MRG) program is being postponed until at least 2021. The reason for this change is because of COVID-19, which is forcing many organizations around the world to make difficult decisions. TIRF is certainly feeling the effects of the pandemic our global community is facing. Our hope is

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Chair’s Report, By Kathi Bailey – March Madness

Basketball fans will recognize the phrase “March Madness” as a reference to the annual NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) tournament. It consists of 68 teams playing for the championship. According to, this phrase has been used to refer to basketball since 1908. Apparently, it was used then regarding a

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