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ERIC Number: EJ876751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
40 Years in Applied Linguistics: An Interview with Alan Davies
Kunnan, Antony John
Language Assessment Quarterly, v2 n1 p35-50 2005
This article presents an interview with Professor Alan Davies who was born in Wales, studied at Oxford University and Birmingham University, and taught in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, completing 40 years this year. Professor Davies has travelled widely to give invited talks and seminars, participate in applied linguistics conferences, and even hold the posts of school teacher in Kenya; Head of the English Department, Tribhuvan University, Nepal; Director of the Language Testing Research Centre at the University of Melbourne; and Distinguished Professor of Applied Linguistics at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. From his early interest in language teaching and testing in West Africa to projects in Nepal and India and his later stints in Australia and Hong Kong, Professor Davies was interested in the broad area of applied linguistics. This can be seen through his publications in language testing for specific purposes and populations, impact of tests, testing ethics and policy, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and dialects, the native speaker, and general language teaching and learning. In addition to developing this wide range of interest, he has been most prolific in his publications. A book of 28 essays edited in his honour by Elder et al. (2001) documents his efforts: As of 1999, Professor Davies has published five authored books, nine edited books, 92 articles as solo author, 13 joint articles, 24 important notes, reviews and review articles, and he was the lead author on the video recording on second and foreign language assessment titled "Mark My Words" and the "Language Testing Dictionary." In the last few years, Professor Davies has added to this list. He gave a plenary talk at the Language Assessment Ethics Conference in Pasadena, California, in 2002, co-edited the Blackwell Handbook of Applied Linguistics (2004), and then guest edited articles on ethics for "Language Testing" (1977, Volume 14, Issue 3) and for "Language Assessment Quarterly" (2004, Volume 1, Issue 2&3). In addition to his teaching and writing, Professor Davies served as co-editor of two important journals in the field: (1) "Applied Linguistics"; and (2) "Language Testing." Also, in 2000, he served the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) as its President, during which time he chaired the Committee on Ethics to develop the ILTA Code of Ethics. In 2003, Professor Davies was awarded ILTA's first Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished service to language testing (sponsored by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate) at the Language Testing Research Colloquium at the University of Reading, Reading, UK.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom