New Direction Series Italy
Wednesday 10 May 2023 to Thursday 11 May 2023
Villa Wolkonsky, Rome

New Directions is a series of expert-led regional events that bring together international and national perspectives on trends and approaches in English language assessment. The series of conferences started in Asia with some editions held Americas.

The first British Council New Directions in Language Assessment Series event in Europe will be by invitation only and will be hosted on 10th and 11th May in Rome. The conference explores the role of assessment in developing productive skills in schools and universities across Italy

Dates 10-11 May, 2023
Location Rome, Italy
Theme Foundations for success: Productive Skills Development in Schools and Universities

About New Directions

The conference provides perspectives and insight on trends and approaches in English language assessment at a local, regional, and international level.

New Directions aims to: 

• Establish a unique platform for sharing both cutting-edge developments and best practice in English language assessment in education systems.

• Provide a dynamic space in which regional and international policy makers, educational professionals, academics, teachers and assessment practitioners can interact, exchange. 

• Exchange information and keep abreast of the leading developments in the field. 

• Facilitate an ongoing dialogue amongst a range of regional and international professionals to explore assessment solutions that meet local needs and achieve global standards. 


Conference speakers of the New Directions Series Italy event include key thought-leaders, education experts and global specialists in English education and English Language Assessment. 


  • Prof. Barry O’Sullivan O.B.E., British Council 
  • Gemma Bellhouse, British Council
  • Prof. Monica Barni, Università per Stranieri di Siena
  • Ada Lanzaro, British Council 
  • Dr. Amelia Kelly, SoapBox
  • Peter Brown, AISLi; British School FVG - Trieste
  • Jon Kear, British Council 
  • Dr. Emma Bruce, British Council 
  • Cristina Barry, British Council 
  • Gisella Langè, Italian Ministry of Education
  • Dr. Olivia Mair, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Prof. Francesca Costa, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Cesare Zanca, Università degli Studi di Siena
  • Enrica Rossi, Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo