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Karen Ashton is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Language Education. Her research interests include language learning and teaching practices, language education policy and language assessment. Her research aims to be inclusive of a diverse range of learners, languages, cultures and contexts.
Karen is currently researching: classroom-based assessment, teacher agency, diversity of language learners, language education policy and implementation.
Karen has a PhD in language assessment (University of Cambridge) and a MA in Forensic Linguistics (Cardiff University). She has worked on several large-scale language education assessment projects (European Survey on Language Competences and Asset Languages) in the UK.
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.