The British Council works with key local, regional and international partners to deliver the New Directions conference series.


IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test.  If you want to study, work or live abroad in an English-speaking environment, IELTS is the perfect test. More than 11,000 organisations in 140 countries around the world, including Canada, United States, United Kingdom and Australia recommend IELTS as an English language proficiency test for immigration requests, admission in universities and selection processes, among others

Mackenzie University

Mackenzie is the oldest private, communitarian and confessional university in Brazil. The main campus is located in downtown São Paulo, a metropolis with over 12 million inhabitants. The city generates more than US$ 220 billion a year. In this dynamic and full of opportunities environment, the university seeks to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. It guarantees institutional policies that aim at developing its undergraduate and graduate courses as well as applied research.


Aptis is a modern and flexible English proficiency test, developed by British Council assessment experts. It is underpinned by the latest research in assessment and provides reliable results to enable better decision-making about your language training, benchmarking or selection processes. Aptis is trusted by governments and organisations in more than 85 countries for validating and raising the standards of English.


Founded in 1986, BRAZ-TESOL is Brazil's largest association of teachers of English to speakers of other languages. A non-profit organization with a membership of over 2.000 professionals, BRAZ-TESOL is an affiliate of TESOL International (US) and a member of IATEFL (UK).

The organization is also member of the Southern Cone TESOL group, formed by associations from Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Colombia and Chile.


Cambridge English is a department of the University of Cambridge and, as part of a university with a global reputation for academic excellence, it creates insights, derived from their research and expertise. Combining all of this ensures their unique approach meets the real-life needs of learners through inclusive and accessible products and services.


For over 175 years Macmillan’s pioneering spirit and reputation for quality has enabled them to build lasting relationships with teachers and educators around the world. Education is changing at an ever-increasing pace. Macmillan Education is at the forefront of this change, providing solutions that enhance the teaching and learning experience for everyone, at every stage of education. 

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press advances knowledge and learning. Established in the earliest days of printing and throughout our 400 year history, we have always been home to the inquisitive, the passionate, and the ambitious. We welcome new ideas and fresh thinking, and offer the opportunity for individuals and teams to make their mark.  We are a department of the University of Oxford and share the objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

University of Bristol – School of Education

The School of Education is ‘globally renowned for its ambitious interdisciplinary education research’ that is focused on national/international priorities around environmental, social and epistemic justice. The school’s mission is ‘to develop learning and leadership for a changing world’. This is accomplished through research and teaching that ‘promotes achievement, opportunity and social justice’. The School of Education is ranked 31st in the world and 6th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023. In June last year, QS ranked the University of Bristol as the 61st best university in the world, 18th best in Europe and 9th best in the UK. 

The School of Education has been running a Language Testing and Assessment (LTA) unit in their MSc TESOL programme for 20+ years, led by Professor Pauline Rea-Deakins and then Professor Guoxing Yu (since 2007).


Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA) provides scholars, examining boards, and government organisations with guidance and assistance in achieving the highest standards of research and development in English language learning and assessment. A major focus of CRELLA activity is research into the nature of English language proficiency, and into improved methodologies for measuring this.  

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