Friday 10 December 2021 - 00:01 to Saturday 11 December 2021 - 23:59

The registration for New Directions 2021 is now open till 9 December.  We offer early-bird price for registrations before 1 November. Hear from experts, exchange your ideas, expand your network, we look forward to welcoming regional and international policy makers, educational professionals, academics, teachers and assessment practitioners online!

New Directions in English Language Assessment is the British Council’s flagship language testing and assessment conference. Since its establishment in 2013, the conference has celebrated eight editions, providing perspectives and insight on trends and approaches in English language assessment at a local, regional, and international level. 

The language assessment industry, like all other sectors, has experienced significant disruption over the last year. There has been an acceleration in systemic change, innovation and the emergence of divisions in society relating to equality, accessibility and sustainability. 

With the theme of Fairer, Greener, Stronger: The Future of Language Assessment, this year’s conference will be held online on 10 and 11 December. It will bring together leaders to debate and discuss how language assessment stakeholders can respond to opportunities, innovate, and establish meaningful partnerships to overcome division and uncertainty. 

Participation options:

We provide two ways for participation:

  • Standard pass, which provides access to all sections in the conference
  • Complimentary pass, which provides access to all the accepted academic papers breakout sessions and a selection of Spotlight, Plenary, and Panel Discussion sessions

Participation prices:

Registration fee

Early-bird price (available by 1 November)

Standard price ( 1 Nov – 9 Dec)

Standard pass



Complimentary pass



Pre-conference workshops

£5 (each)

£5 (each)

  • We offer early-bird price for standard-pass registrations before 1 November
  • Registration closes on 9 December
  • Two pre-conference workshops will be hosted on 9 December, respectively on assessment for learning and speaking assessment, each at a registration fee of £5