The GSE Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

We have an expanding programme of collaboration with external researchers in universities all over the world. Our Technical Advisory Group comprises experts from language testing, psychometrics and teaching who provide feedback, advice and critical assessment.

The independent group of experts guides the work of Pearson English in developing the Global Scale of English and the GSE Learning Objectives. They also have oversight of the Pearson English suite of English language tests, including PTE Academic and Progress.

The GSE TAG serves to ensure that Pearson’s internal standards are aligned with best international practice (for example; ALTE code of Practice, APA code of conduct, Council of Europe’s Manual for Relating Language Examinations to the CEFR, EALTA Guidelines for Good Practice, ILTA Guidelines for Practice, etc.). The TAG also helps Pearson ensure it meets provisions set down by external authorities such as OFQUAL, DIAC and the UK Home Office.

The GSE TAG consists of key stakeholders from the academic and practitioner communities. This enables them to give us insight into external developments in the markets and also, where appropriate, act as advocates for Pearson in those communities.

Global Scale of English Technical Advisory Group

Barbara GardnerBarbara Gardner
(Study Group)
Barry O’SullivanBarry O’Sullivan
(British Council / Roehampton University)
Barry O’SullivanBrian North
(Council of Europe)
David NunanDavid Nunan
(Anaheim University & University of Hong Kong)

Dr. John de JongDr. John de Jong
(Pearson / VU Amsterdam, GSE TAG Chair)

Mark ReckaseMark Reckase
(Michigan State University)
Peter BrownDr. Peter Brown
Yukio TonoYukio Tono
(Tokyo University of Foreign Studies / CEFR-J)

Young Learners Technical Advisory Group

Angela HasselgreenAngela Hasselgreen
(Bergen University College)
Annie HughesAnnie Hughes
(University of York)
Leonor CorradiLeonor Corradi
(Joaquin V Gonzalez/ IES en Lenguas Vivas)

Marianne NikolovMarianne Nikolov
(University of Pécs, Hungary)
Yuko ButlerYuko Butler
(University of Pennsylvania)

Vocabulary Technical Advisory Group

Barry O’SullivanBarry O’Sullivan
(British Council / Roehampton University)

Annie HughesConstant Leung
(King’s College London)
Diane SchmittDiane Schmitt
(Nottingham Trent University)
Norbert SchmittNorbert Schmitt
(University of Nottingham)
Yuko ButlerPaul Maera
(Swansea University)

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