Associate Professor Lawrence Zhang joins WUN’s language assessment research network (LARN)

15 February 2013

Associate Professor Lawrence Zhang, Associate Dean (International Strategic Engagement) of the Faculty of Education, will represent The University of Auckland, together with fellow colleagues from the Faculty of Arts, on a newly established Language Assessment Research Network (LARN) of the World Universities Network (WUN).

Associate Professor Lawrence Zhang, with Distinguished Professor Rod Ellis and Associate Professor John Read from the Faculty of Arts, will be The University of Auckland principal investigators in the network. LARN will be the first research network on language assessment in the world that brings together research-intensive universities at this scale. The member institutions will collaborate on a wide range of research areas, practices, joint programmes and outreach in the study of language assessment, which requires expertise in linguistics, psychology, psychometrics, human learning and instruction, assessment technologies and education in general.

WUN is providing major funding, with matching support from each participating university, to a total of nearly NZ$80,000. Other LARN members include leading scholars in the field from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Zhejiang University (China), the University of Bristol (United Kingdom), the Pennsylvania State University (USA), the University of Sydney and the University of Western Australia (Australia).

The inaugural meeting of network members will take place at an academic conference hosted in July 2013 by Zhejiang University, in the city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.

The University of Auckland is a member of three key international networks of research universities. Read more about our international networks and affiliations.


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