English Language Testing:
High Stakes for Learners & Teachers
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Kickoff Session

Ian Wright, Director of BridgeUniverse, and Jean-Marc Alberola, President of Bridge, welcome you to the Summit at this kickoff session! You’ll learn how to navigate the event, get tips for maximizing your attendance, and find out how you can "get social" with us to win a prize. Winners from the lead-up social media contest will also be announced—join us to find out if you won!

Speakers

Jean-Marc Alberola
President of Bridge Education Group

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Anna Hearrell
Director of Operations at Bridge

Karyssa Cox
Director of Marketing Operations at Bridge

Host

Assessment Literacy: What’s at Stake When We Are Not Assessment Literate?

Whether you’re a teacher, administrator or student, the stakes are high when we’re not aware of the spectrum of details surrounding English proficiency tests available globally. This presentation will discuss the risks of not being assessment literate and will present a model to adopt for measuring quality control when considering English proficiency exams.

Speakers

Lisa Besso
Co-Founder of Global Ed Professionals

Jeff Hutcheson
Co-Founder of Global Ed Professionals

Sean Dyer
Qualifications Recognition Lead at Trinity College London

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Host

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Testing for Specific Purposes: Industry-Specific Language Evaluation

Learning English for general purposes requires general English testing. But when learners have specific needs for English applications in fields like medicine, aviation, business English and more, a test specific to the industry is more appropriate. Learn more from industry leaders about the differences between general and industry-specific tests and how they can serve your students.

Speakers

Ian Cawley
Product Manager for Business (BEC) Qualifications and the Cambridge English Placement Test (CEPT) at Cambridge

Cathleen Mahoney
Founder and CEO of Bright Language Testing LLC

Moroni Flake
CEO of English3 and Homebase

Sherry Mazin
Business Development Manager - USA for iTEP

Erin Hernandez
Owner of Larchmere Language Services

Host

Build and Expand your Profile with Bridge’s Exam Prep Micro-credentials

Are you ready to specialize in the high-demand area of teaching English test prep? Join this session to explore employment possibilities in preparing students for high-stakes exams, such as the TOEFL or IELTS. Plus, discover how professional development can help you stand out as a strong candidate for top opportunities.

Speakers

Anna Hearrell
Director of Operations at Bridge

Cassy Huidobro
Instructional Design and eLearning Specialist at Bridge

Karina Zew
Tutor at Bridge

Kayla Landers
Language Specialist, ITA Program Liaison, and Adjunct Lecturer at Lehigh University

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Host

Why Two High-Stakes Tests are Better than One: TOEFL iBT & TOEFL Essentials Tests

This session will share key features of two ETS world-class high-stakes proficiency tests: the TOEFL iBT® test, the premier test of academic English communication and brand-new TOEFL® Essentials™ test, an efficient, digitally-delivered assessment that maintains a meaningful focus on communicative ability. Each test is uniquely designed so students can choose the TOEFL test that's best for them to achieve their dreams of university study and more.

Speakers

Joanna Wrzesinska
Academic Relations & ELT Manager at ETS Global

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Host

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Adapting to Online English Exams

How have learners, teachers and schools adapted to online English assessments? Representatives from higher ed, language centers, and K-12 schools will discuss how they adapted to a hybrid environment after two years of normalizing online testing and placement.

Speakers

Donald Moen
Professor at Language Institute at the Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology

Christina Cavage
Curriculum and Assessment Manager at the University of Central Florida (UCF)

Jennifer Phillips
Director of WESLI (Wisconsin ESL Institute)

Nicola Jordan 
Support Coach, Instructional Coach, and ESOL Compliance Specialist

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Host

Day
2

Global Scale of English: The Ultimate Compass for Every Learner Journey

Research shows us that effective teaching and learning is outcomes-focused. By setting clear goals – and measuring progress towards those goals – we can better understand the impact of what is being taught, even for the youngest of learners. The Global Scale of English (GSE) was developed to address some of the limitations of the CEFR and, in so doing, to support teachers in the practical application of goal setting, lesson planning and syllabus design. In this session, we will look at ways in which the GSE supports teachers in their day-to-day work, showcasing the tools and resources that are freely available online.

Speakers

Mike Mayor
Director of English Learning Research & Design at Pearson

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PTE Academic: The Fast, Reliable and Convenient Testing Solution

Join us for an introductory session on PTE Academic, a leader in language testing. We’ll uncover not only the fundamentals of the product, but what makes this test so unique. Convenience, speed of delivery and results are just some of the reasons test takers are choosing PTE over other high stakes tests, but with new developments in test format and availability, there is now even more to cheer about. Learn how your institution can work with us and discover for yourself why PTE Academic is accepted and trusted by thousands of institutions worldwide as proof of a candidate’s English skills.

Speakers

Melanie Drake,
Global Training and Resources Manager, Pearson Tests of English

William Fish,
Regional Development Manager, Pearson PTE Academic

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Host

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What Should Ongoing Assessment Look Like for Individual Students? Setting Realistic Learner Goals

Students often have specific goals and targets in mind when starting language lessons. As teachers, we can help them reach those goals, but we must continually evaluate their language skills to make sure we don’t get off track. Join us to find out how different types of assessments can help ensure that students are working towards their goals.

Speakers

Maria Summers
Skill Area Supervisor at the English Language Center at Brigham Young University

Kirsten Sutton
Test Development Manager at English3

Mornie Sims
Testing Analyst for DLIELC

Erin Hernandez
Owner of Larchmere Language Services

Host

Teaching for Success, Not Just the Test: Considerations for Teaching Test Prep

Educators who prepare English language learners for high stakes exams sometimes fall into the trap of “teaching to the test.” This approach is often detrimental to their students’ long-term success in understanding and using English. Join our expert panel for a discussion on what is meant by "teaching to the test.” You’ll learn how English language programs can better serve students by understanding their motivations for taking high-stakes tests and re-examining how we think about test prep in these programs.

Speakers

Misty Wilson, Ed.D.
Head of Teaching for Immerse

Daniel Lesho
President of the English Language Testing Society

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Host

Benchmark Proficiency Scales: An Introduction to CEFR and ACTFL Levels

A1, B2, IH and AL? What does it all mean anyway? Join us for an introduction to CEFR and ACTFL, the two most commonly used benchmark scales. We’ll help you “speak” CEFR and ACTFL, learn the difference between the two, and explore how you can apply that knowledge to the classroom and assessments!

Speakers

Judson Hart
Director of Language Assessment at Emmersion

Dr. Nick Gossett
Higher Ed Specialist at Avant Assessment

Troy L. Cox
Associate Director of the Center for Language Studies and an Associate Professor of Linguistics at Brigham

Erin Hernandez
Owner of Larchmere Language Services

Host

Day
3

Bright Language Tests: Designing Flexible, Objective and Globally Recognized Language Assessments

Introducing Bright Language Testing. Join this session to discover the online, flexible and recognized testing solutions that are opening the doors of education to candidates around the world thanks to a worldwide network of partners and the development of innovative solutions for today’s challenges. During this presentation we will also be discussing how we collaborate with universities, schools and companies in the design and administration of specialized testing solutions.

Speakers

Cathleen Mahoney
Founder and CEO of Bright Language Testing LLC

Cinthia Cristaldi
CSR specialist at Bright Language

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Host

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Practical Tips & Activities for Teaching Test Prep

Trouble finding fun activities to teach test prep? Look no further! Join this session to see tried-and-true sample activities presented by experienced teachers. They will connect each activity to a specific language skill and test taking strategy so you can learn how to use it in practice with learners.

Speakers

Krzl Light Nuñes
Freelance Online English Teacher and Digital Nomad

Dr. Christine Coombe
Associate Professor of General Studies at Dubai Men's College

Dr. Soheil Mansouri
Visiting Assistant Professor of TESL, School of Education, Webster University

Rachel Story
Founder, Grateful Gypsies

Host

Level Groups of Learners Effectively and Efficiently: Tools for Teachers and Schools

Group classes are popular, and rightly so: they offer many benefits to both learners and teachers. But what’s the most effective way to create a group? Join us for this session to learn about tools schools and teachers can employ to successfully group students based on language proficiency.

Speakers

Natalia Bustos
Director of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at BridgeEnglish LATAM

Tahnee Bucher
Assessment Coordinator at the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), University of Arizona

Adam-Lucas Petit
Head of University Partnerships at Password Testing

Erin Hernandez
Owner of Larchmere Language Services

Host

The Future of Testing, Here Today

Meet the Duolingo English Test, the digital-first English proficiency test that can be taken online, any time, anywhere in the world. In this session, we’ll walk through the journey of a test and explain how we use the latest assessment science and AI to deliver reliable and secure results. We’ll also give you our best tips for test readiness and free resources to prepare students to test their best.

Speakers

Caroline Fisher
Content Marketing + Test Taker Liaison at Duolingo English Test (DET)

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Closing Session

Join Ian Wright, Director of BridgeUniverse, and Jean-Marc Alberola, President of Bridge, as they close out the Summit. They’ll also announce the week's “get social with us” contest winners and share a sneak peek of the next Summit, launching in June 2022!

Speakers

Jean-Marc Alberola
President of Bridge Education Group

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Anna Hearrell
Director of Operations at Bridge

Karyssa Cox
Director of Marketing Operations at Bridge

Host

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