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Dubai Men’s College faculty member wins International Assessment Award

Dr Christine Coombe, a faculty member of Dubai Men’s College's English and General Education Faculty is the recipient of the British Council’s 2013 International Assessment Award.

This award recognizes an individual working for the promotion of excellence in language assessment internationally.

Dr Coombe received the award because of her important contributions to foreign/second language assessment.  To date, she has published six books on language assessment, the most recent being the 2012 publication, The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Assessment. She has also published in and serves on the editorial advisory boards of the field’s top tier journals.

Some of Dr Coombe’s greatest contributions to the field of language assessment are her co-organisation of the TESOL Arabia Testing SIG’s signature event, the Current Trends in English Language Testing Conference (CTELT), which is in its 17th year, and her charitable outreach work in the form of the ‘Fundamentals of Language Assessment’ workshops that have been conducted in every Emirate of the UAE and in 29 developing countries worldwide.

According to Dr Barry O’Sullivan, Head of Assessment at the British Council, “the International Assessment Award should acknowledge many traits.  It should recognize productivity, ongoing professional growth and clarity of vision.  But most of all it should recognize impact.  Dr Christine Coombe scores well in all these areas, most particularly in impact.  She is the driving force and organizing energy behind the growth of language testing interest in the Gulf and in many developing countries worldwide."

Dr Coombe expressed her satisfaction at receiving this prestigious award. “I am thrilled to be the recipient of this award which recognizes impact in language assessment worldwide.  My thanks go to all the teachers who participated in these charitable outreach events and to my colleagues and managers at the Dubai Men’s College who made my participation in these events possible.  Training in language assessment continues to be a critical need for teachers in developing countries around the world,” she said.

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