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ERIC Number: EJ876759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
An Interview with John Trim at 80
Saville, Nick
Language Assessment Quarterly, v2 n4 p263-288 2005
This article presents an interview with Dr. John Trim, which was recorded at his home in Cambridge on January 21, 2005, not long after his 80th birthday in October 2004. Although he would not consider himself a language tester, Dr. Trim has followed the trends in language assessment since the 1960s and his own work, particularly as a coauthor of the Waystage and Threshold levels and most recently the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), has been very influential in language testing circles in recent years. A special issue of "Language Testing" (Alderson, 2005) has recently focused on the CEFR, and, to date, at least one critical article has appeared in "Language Assessment Quarterly" (Fulcher, 2004). One of the main purposes of this interview is to explore the background and context in which the CEFR was produced and in particular to talk about the formative influences that guided the thinking that went into this work. Dr. Trim was born in 1924 and grew up in suburban London. He was educated at University College London (UCL) where he obtained a B.A. in German; after graduating with a 1st Class Hours degree in 1949, he became a lecturer in phonetics at the same university (1949-1958). This was an exciting period in the development of linguistics in Britain and saw the growth of linguistics departments at several of the major British universities. Dr. Trim was part of the group in London in the 1950s that included many of the leading figures at both UCL and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and he worked with some of the innovative experimental phoneticians of the period. In 1958, he moved to Cambridge where he became a Fellow of Selwyn College and was the founder of the Department of Linguistics and its first Director. During this period he trained many of the new generation of British linguists. He became actively involved in the setting up of British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL), as a Founder Member in 1967 and in the work of Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquee (AILA) when he organised the Second International Congress in Cambridge in 1969. Recognition of his contribution to AILA was later given when he was made an Honorary Member of the association. He has numerous publications to his name and has edited several journals including "Applied Linguistics" (1980), "Language Teaching" (1978-1987), and "Language in Society" (1971-1986). While at Cambridge, he was appointed Director of the Modern Languages Projects of the Council of Europe (from 1971 to 1997). (Contains 6 footnotes and 17 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)