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Karen is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Language Education, and current President of ALANZ (Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand). Her expertise include: language learning, teaching and assessment, and language education policy. Her research aims to be inclusive of a diverse range of learners, languages, cultures and contexts.
Current research areas: classroom-based assessment, teacher agency, diverse learners, language education policy and implementation.
Karen has a PhD in language assessment (Cambridge University) and a MA in Forensic Linguistics (Cardiff University). She worked on the development of Asset Languages and was Project Manager for the European Survey on Language Competences.
Karen has published and presented widely in this field including on the following areas: multi-level language teaching, refugee learner experiences, classroom-based assessment, policy borrowing and learning, comparability of language assessments, alignment of assessments to the CEFR, assessment of non-Latin script and community languages, cross-language comparison of learner reading strategies.
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Field of research codes
Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics (200401):
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302): Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000): Education Systems (130100):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Linguistics (200400):
LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori) (130207): Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Karen teaches and contributes to a range of applied linguistics, language education and TESOL courses.She also contributes her expertise to tailored programmes for international groups.
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