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.)

ECOLT Call for Proposals Now Open

The 2023 East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT) conference will be held on Friday, October 27, 2023. For the first time since 2019, the conference will be held in-person at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. ECOLT is hosted jointly by the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC) at

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Chair’s Report, By Jun Liu – Energized & Productive in Portland

Dear TIRF Colleagues and Friends: I was gratified to see so many TIRF Trustees during our Board meeting in Portland last week during the TESOL Convention. Our first post-pandemic face-to-face Board meeting was extremely energized and productive. As the result of our engaging discussion, we came away with four meaningful

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Remembering TIRF’s Founding Trustee Russell N. Campbell

Russell N. Campbell, a founding Trustee of TIRF and a tireless advocate for language education worldwide, passed away on March 30, 2003. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of his death, the TIRF Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the launch of an endowment in his honor that will support

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TIRF Researcher Tribute: Show Your Love this February!

Throughout the month of February, TIRF is spreading the love for researchers around the world! Show your appreciation for a mentor, scholar, colleague, or even an organization by submitting a text- or video-based tribute that shares how that person’s (or organization’s) research affected your life. If you would like to

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ETS Committee of Examiners 2024 Research Grant Programs

Editor’s note: In this piece, we share information from colleagues at Educational Testing Service (ETS), long-time TIRF partner, regarding their research grants currently available to members in our community. ETS is pleased to announce the TOEFL® Committee of Examiners (COE) 2024 Research Grant Programs. Full details about the three grant

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TIRF’s Activities at 2023 TESOL Convention in Portland

TIRF is preparing for its activities next month in Portland, Oregon, USA during the TESOL 2023 International Convention & English Language Expo. In this piece, we share information about the various events we will be participating in and share how our supporters and partners can engage with us. For the

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Chair’s Report, By Jun Liu – Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

Dear TIRF Friends, Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!  For the first time in over the last three decades, I spent the Spring Festival in Macau. It was memorable. Traditionally, families gather during the Chinese New Year. In modern China, migrant workers travel home to have reunion dinners with their families

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Recapping TIRF’s 2022 Year-end Appeal

We are thrilled to report that, due to the outstanding response from supporters like you, TIRF more than met its 2022 year-end fundraising goal! Beginning mid-November 2022, when our appeal was first announced, through December 31, 2022, gifts from the public totaled $18,049.96. This level of giving allowed us to

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