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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.)

TIRF President Kathi Bailey Honored by AAAL

Editor’s note: In this piece, TIRF’s Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Damerow, shares some exciting news about TIRF President Kathi Bailey. I am thrilled to announce to our supporters near and far that TIRF’s wonderful President, Dr. Kathi Bailey, is the 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award (DSSA)

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TIRF Alumni Map Updated: Latest DDG Awardees Added

To help demonstrate the “I” in “TIRF,” we maintain the “TIRF Alumni” map. Using Google’s services, each year we add our newest grantees to the map by sharing their names, hometowns, information about their studies, and a link to summaries of the awardees’ research. As of October 2020, TIRF’s programs

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Symposium on World Languages Education: Register Now for Free

Editor’s note: In this piece, Caleb Powers and Grace Davis, co-chairs of the SOWLE student organizing committee at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, share information about the 2020 Symposium on World Languages Education. Registration is now open for the 2020 Symposium on World Languages Education (SOWLE). The event

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Board Members Pledge to Help TIRF via Matching Campaign

As news about COVID-19 developed in the early stages of 2020, TIRF’s Trustees knew the Foundation would face financial difficulties. They quickly decided to team up to help TIRF by making generous pledges to support the Foundation via a matching campaign. The result of their efforts is a $15,000 fund

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British Council’s “New Directions” Conference

Editor’s note: In this piece, we share information about British Council’s “New Directions” conference. The text in this article has been adopted from the British Council’s website. “New Directions in English Language Assessment” is a series of annual conferences organized by the British Council. The events provide perspectives and insight

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TIRF Hosts Fall Board Meeting

As many supporters of TIRF are well aware, the Foundations’ Board of Trustees meets two times per year, once during the annual TESOL Convention in the spring (Northern Hemisphere) and again in the Washington, DC area in the fall. Like nearly all organizations, however, TIRF’s meetings this year have moved

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TIRF Alatis Prize: Nomination Deadline Tomorrow!

The competition for the 2021 TIRF James E. Alatis Prize for Research in Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts is underway, but the deadline to nominate a paper is nearly here. Tomorrow, October 1, 2020, is the last day TIRF will accept nominations! For the 2021 Alatis Prize offering,

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“Statistics & Theory” via YouTube

Editor’s Note: Dr. Vahid Aryadoust (left) is an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. In this piece, TIRF’s President, Kathi Bailey, interviews Vahid to learn more about the resources he creates and manages for individuals in our field. Kathi Bailey: When and

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Christopher Brumfit Essay Prize 2020

Editor’s note: In this piece, we share information, adapted from’s website, to promote news about an exciting prize opportunity in our field. Language Teaching, a Cambridge University Press journal, has announced the award of an essay prize which honors one of the founding editors of the journal – the Christopher

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“Assessing English Language Proficiency in U.S. K–12 Schools”

ETS, a long-time partner of TIRF, has recently published a new volume in its series co-produced with Routledge. Assessing English Language Proficiency in U.S. K–12 Schools, edited by Mikyung Kim Wolf, is the fourth volume in the “Innovations in Language Learning and Assessment at ETS.” According to text on Routledge’s website,

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