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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre
Areas of Interest: 
Language assessment
Multilingual frameworks for assessment and learning
Learning Oriented Assessment
Adaptive learning


Language education policy and learning outcomes. I directed the first European Survey on Language Competences, which reported to the European Commission in 2012:

The intersection of learning and assessment (Learning Oriented Assessment)

Multilingualism, plurilingual approaches to language education, the Common European Framework of Reference

Scaling and measurement techniques for language proficiency


Key publications: 

Jones, N (2007): Assessment and the National Languages Strategy. Cambridge Journal of Education Vol 37 No 1 2007 pp. 17-33. Cambridge: CUP

Jones, N and Saville, N (2007) Scales and Frameworks. In Spolsky B and Hult F M (Eds) The Handbook of Educational Linguistics.  Wiley-Blackwell

Jones, N (2009). A comparative approach to constructing a multilingual proficiency framework: constraining the role of standard setting. In Figueras N  and Noijons J (Eds) Linking to the CEFR levels: Research perspectives. Cito, Council of Europe, EALTA. 

Jones, N and Saville, N (2009). European language policy: assessment, learning and the CEFR, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics 29, 51–63.

Jones, N. (2012). Reliability and dependability. In Fulcher, D. and F. Davidson (Eds)  The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing. Routledge

Dr Neil  Jones

Contact Details

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