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2014 Winners

Last year’s competition was extremely impressive, with research into ELT themes such as CEFR statements, linguistic diversity, online gaming for English language learning, and covered a wide range of contexts including Belarus, Poland, Rwanda and Brazil, to name but a few.

The Judging Process

The judging process for the awards is a collaborative and thorough process. All dissertations are submitted from UK institutions, marked at distinction level.
Last year the dissertations went through two rounds of evaluation. In the first round the dissertations were assessed by British Council panels who ranked the dissertations according to the potential of the research to change the attitudes, practices or policies of individuals, classrooms or institutions. The best dissertations were then evaluated by academics from the participating institutions.

Winning dissertation:


 Tim Goodier, King’s College London: Working with CEFR can-do statements




Special commendations:


Santi Budi Lestari, University of Warwick: Paraphrasing in high-scoring and low-scoring L2 integrated writing test task responses





Cathryn Tolon, University of Sussex: Teacher experiences during the shift in medium of instruction in Rwanda: voices from Kigali public schools



Sanghoon Mun, University of Bath: A study on teachers’ item weighting and the Rasch model: summative test items’ difficulty logits calibration using the Rasch model



(In alphabetical order)

Each title links to the relevant dissertation paper: