Interview with Antony John Kunnan on Language Assessment

Vahid Nimehchisalem


Antony John Kunnan is a language assessment specialist. His research interests are fairness of tests and testing practice, assessment literacy, research methods and statistics, ethics and standards, and language assessment policy. His most recent publications include a four-volume edited collection of 140 chapters titled The Companion to Language Assessment (Wiley, 2014), a four-volume set of 75 previously published papers titled Language Testing and Assessment (Routledge, 2014) and Talking about Language Assessment (Routledge, 2015). He was the founding editor of Language Assessment Quarterly (2003-2013) and the founding president of the Asian Association for Language Assessment. He has held academic and professorial appointments at universities in Bangalore, Ann Arbor, Los Angeles, Taichung, Hong Kong and Singapore. Currently, he is a research consultant at the Center for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou.

The interview you are about to read here was recorded before Kunnan’s plenary talk at the 4th International Conference on English Language Teaching (ICELT2015) in Melaka, Malaysia. My colleague, Dr. Seyed Ali Rezvani Kalajahi, managing editor of the International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature (IJALEL) also accompanied us during the interview.

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