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Dr Neil Jones

Language assessment; multilingual frameworks for assessment and learning; Learning Oriented Assessment; adaptive learning
Dr Neil Jones


Language assessment

Multilingual frameworks for assessment and learning

Learning Oriented Assessment

Adaptive learning

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 570487

Research Interests

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


  • Speech recognition
  • Second language acquisition
  • Cognition
  • Language testing and assessment
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Language teaching
  • Multilingualism
  • Language teacher education
  • Language policy and planning
  • Education
  • Second language education

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