Academic awarded special commendation by the British Council

London Met's Dr Ahmad Nazari has been awarded a special commendation by the British Council for his research.

Dr Ahmad Nazari, Course Leader for the Teaching Languages (English) MA, has been awarded a special commendation by the British Council for his research on the potential of dynamic assessment in English language classes in the UK Higher Education. Dr Nazari was just one of three awardees in this catergory, and his work was recognised in the British Council's annual competition for ELT (English language teaching) masters dissertations. Titled "English Language Lecturers' Views on Dynamic Assessment and Its Potential in Higher Education: Challenging the Current Assessment Status Quo", Dr Nazari's paper was recognised above submissions covering a wide range of contexts, including China, Kuwait and Greece.

The British Council has commended Dr Nazari's research as "an excellent addition to the canon of research in the ELT (English language teaching) field." The judging panel noted, "This investigation into dynamic assessment is intriguing. The research provides a timely and informed investigation of the status quo in the area of English language assessment in higher education. The qualitative interpretivism approaches employed in the research are both appropriate and effective. The conclusions of the inquiry suggest that dynamic assessment merits further investigation as it may result in more accurate assessment of learners and greater learning from the assessment process."

On learning of his award, Dr Nazari said, “I am so delighted that my research has been awarded special commendations by a highly prestigious institution, namely the British Council. I am proud and feel honoured. I hope that this research has made a contribution to language testing and assessment in ELT."