Professor Charles Alderson

Emeritus Professor

Profile

After two years (2010-2012) as Principal Investigator of an ESRC (Economic and Social Research) research project into “Diagnosing Reading Proficiency in a Second or Foreign Language”, I retired in September 2012 and became an Emeritus Professor within the Department. I was fortunate enough to be awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship which is enabling me to continue my research, research-related travel and publications until December 2014.

Courses I have taught in the past include:

Undergraduate courses:

  • Language Teaching Methodology (LING271)
  • Interpreting Language in Use (LING261)
  • Introduction to General Linguistics (LING151)
  • Language Acquisition (LING235)

Masters level:

  • Background to Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching
  • Evaluating Language Education
  • Issues in Language Testing
  • Language Test Construction and Evaluation
  • Language Testing Techniques
  • Language Test Research and Development
  • Professional Issues in Language Teaching
  • Research Issues in Applied Linguistics
  • Research Design and Experimentation in Language Teaching
  • Research Issues in Applied Linguistics
  • Reading in a Foreign Language
  • Statistics

PhD level:

  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Critical Approaches to Social Data for Applied Linguistics
  • Language Testing

Exploring the role of phraseological knowledge in foreign language reading
Kremmel, B., Brunfaut, T., Alderson, C. 30/12/2015 In: Applied Linguistics.
Journal article

Diagnostic assessment of reading and listening in a second or foreign language: elaborating on diagnostic principles
Harding, L., Alderson, C., Brunfaut, T. 07/2015 In: Language Testing. 32, 3, p. 317-336. 20 p.
Journal article

Towards a theory of diagnosis in second and foreign language assessment: insights from professional practice across diverse fields
Alderson, J.C., Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 05/2015 In: Applied Linguistics. 36, 2, p. 236-260. 25 p.
Journal article

Issues in language testing revisited
Alderson, J.C., Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 21/05/2014 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 11, 2, 4 p.
Editorial

The metalinguistic knowledge of undergraduate students of English language or linguistics
Alderson, J.C., Hudson, R. 1/11/2013 In: Language Awareness. 22, 4, p. 320-337. 17 p.
Journal article

Re-examining the content validation of a grammar test: the (im)possibility of distinguishing vocabulary and structural knowledge
Alderson, J.C., Kremmel, B. 1/10/2013 In: Language Testing. 30, 4, p. 535-556. 21 p.
Journal article

The Politics of aviation English testing
Alderson, J.C. 1/10/2011 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 8, 4, p. 386-403. 18 p.
Journal article

A lifetime of language testing
Alderson, J.C. 2011 Shanghai : Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press. 323 p.
Book

Can research into the diagnostic testing of reading in a second or foreign language contribute to SLA research?
Alderson, J.C., Huhta, A. 2011 In: EUROSLA Yearbook. 11, p. 30-52. 23 p.
Journal article

A survey of aviation English tests.
Alderson, J.C. 01/2010 In: Language Testing. 27, 1, p. 51-72. 22 p.
Journal article

The politics of language education : individuals and institutions.
Alderson, J.C., Alderson, J.C. 15/03/2009 Bristol : Multilingual Matters. 208 p. ISBN: 9781847691422.
Book

Air safety, language assessment policy and policy implementation : the case of aviation English.
Alderson, J.C. 03/2009 In: Annual Review of Applied Linguistics. 29, 1, p. 168-187. 20 p.
Journal article

Setting the Scene.
Alderson, J.C. 2009 In: The politics of language education : individuals and institutions. Bristol : Multilingual Matters p. 8-44. 37 p. ISBN: 9781847691439 (hbk).
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Studying the English language : reflections.
Culpeper, J., Alderson, J.C. 2009 In: English language : description, variation and context. Basingstoke : Palgrave p. 659-666. 8 p. ISBN: 9781403945891.
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The Micropolitics of research and publication.
Alderson, J.C. 2009 In: The politics of language education : individuals and institutions. Bristol : Multilingual Matters p. 222-236. 15 p. ISBN: 9781847691439 (hbk).
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The CEFR and the need for more research
Alderson, J.C. 1/12/2007 In: Modern Language Journal. 91, 4, p. 659-663. 5 p.
Journal article

Judging the frequency of English words.
Alderson, J.C. 2007 In: Applied Linguistics. 28, 3, p. 383-409. 27 p.
Journal article

The challenge of diagnostic testing: do we know what we are measuring
Alderson, J.C. 2007 In: Language testing reconsidered . Ottawa : University of Ottawa Press p. 21-39. 18 p. Electronic ISBN: 9780776606576 .
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Implementing and evaluating a self-assessment mechanism for the web-based Language and Style course.
Alderson, J.C., McIntyre, D. 1/08/2006 In: Language and Literature. 15, 3, p. 291-306. 16 p.
Journal article

Analysing tests of reading and listening in relation to the Common European Framework of Reference: The Experience of the Dutch CEFR Construct Project.
Alderson, J.C., Figueras, N., Kuiper, H., Nold, G. 1/01/2006 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 3, 1, p. 3-30. 28 p.
Journal article

Editorial.
Alderson, J.C. 1/07/2005 In: Language Testing. 22, 3, p. 257-260. 4 p.
Journal article

The development of a suite of computer-based diagnostic tests based on the Common European Framework.
Alderson, J.C., Huhta, A. 1/07/2005 In: Language Testing. 22, 3, p. 301-320. 20 p.
Journal article

Diagnosing foreign language proficiency : the interface between learning and assessment.
Alderson, J.C. 2005 London : Continuum. ISBN: 0826485030.
Book

The development of specifications for item development and classification within The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment: Reading and Listening: Final report of The Dutch CEF Construct Project .
Alderson, J.C., Figueras, N., Kuijper, H., Nold, G., Takala, S., Tardieu, C. 2004 Lancaster, UK : Lancaster University, 23 p.
Working paper

The shape of things to come: will it be the normal distribution
Alderson, J.C. 2004 In: European language testing in a global context: proceedings of the ALTE Barcelona conference, July 2001. . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 1-26. 27 p. ISBN: 9780521828970.
Conference contribution

Diagnosing foreign language proficiency: a teaching/testing interface
Alderson, J.C. 2003 In: Teaching and assessing language proficiency. Singapore : SEAMEO Regional Language Centre p. 112-123. 11 p. ISBN: 9789971740887.
Conference contribution

Reading and use of English.
Alderson, J.C., Cseresznyés., M. 2003 Budapest : Teleki László Foundation. 289 p. ISBN: 9638638834.
Book

State of the art review : language testing and assessment (part two).
Alderson, J.C., Banerjee, J. 17/04/2002 In: Language Teaching. 35, 2, p. 79-113. 35 p.
Journal article

Testing proficiency and achievement: principles and practice
Alderson, J.C. 2002 In: University language testing and the C-Test. Bochum : AKS Verlag p. 15-30. 16 p. ISBN: 9783925453373 .
Chapter

Language testing and assessment (Part 1): state-of-the-art review
Alderson, J.C., Banerjee, J. 10/2001 In: Language Teaching. 34, 4, p. 213-236. 24 p.
Journal article

A felvonó nem muködik. Ön ma elviselhetetlen lesz - Avagy a fordítás és az új érettségi.
Alderson, J.C. 2001 In: Iskolakultúra. 11, 11, p. 100-112. 13 p.
Journal article

A jelenlegi angol érettségi vizsga.
Alderson, J.C., Szollas, K. 2001 In: Iskolakultúra. 11, 8, p. 48-60. 13 p.
Journal article

Az angol nyelvi érettségi vizsgareform.
Alderson, J.C., Nagy, E., Öveges, E. 2001 In: Iskolakultúra. 11, 8, p. 93-98. 6 p.
Journal article

Impact and washback research in language testing.
Banerjee, J., Alderson, J.C. 2001 In: Experimenting with uncertainty: Essays in honour of Alan Davies. Cambridge University Press 150 p. ISBN: 0521775760.
Chapter

Szertefoszló mítoszok: Számít-e a heti óraszám?
Alderson, J.C. 2001 In: Modern Nyelvoktatás. 7, 2-3, p. 19-28. 10 p.
Journal article

Testing is too important to be left to testers
Alderson, J.C. 2001 In: Alternative assessment. Arabia : TESOL p. 1-14. 14 p.
Chapter

The language assistant scheme in Slovenia: a baseline study.
Alderson, J.C., Alderson, J.C., Pizorn, K., Zemva, N., Beaver, L. 2001 Ljubljana : The British Council. 183 p. ISBN: 9616101080.
Book

Technology in testing: the present and the future.
Alderson, J.C. 12/2000 In: System. 28, 4, p. 593-603. 11 p.
Journal article

Sequencing as an item type.
Alderson, J.C., Percsich, R., Szabo, G. 10/2000 In: Language Testing. 17, 4, p. 423-447. 25 p.
Journal article

Exploding myths: does the number of hours per week matter?
Alderson, J.C. 02/2000 In: novELTy. 7, 1, p. 17-32. 16 p.
Journal article

Assessing reading.
Alderson, J.C. 2000 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. 398 p. ISBN: 0521599997.
Book

Conclusion : the way forward.
Alderson, J.C., Nagy, E., Öveges, E. 2000 In: English language education in Hungary, Part II: examining Hungarian learners’ achievements in English.. Budapest : The British Council p. 279-284. 6 p.
Chapter

English language education in Hungary, Part II: examining Hungarian learners’ achievements in English.
Alderson, J.C., Nagy, E., Öveges, E. 2000 Budapest : The British Council. 416 p. ISBN: 9630031086.
Book

Exploding myths: does the number of hours per week matter?
Alderson, J.C. 2000 In: English language education in Hungary, Part II: examining Hungarian learners’ achievements in English. Budapest : The British Council p. 248-257. 10 p. ISBN: 9630031086.
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Levels of performance.
Alderson, J.C. 2000 In: English language education in Hungary, Part II: examining Hungarian learners’ achievements in English. Budapest : The British Council p. 218-247. 30 p. ISBN: 9630031086.
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Marking the pilot tests.
Szabo, K., Sulyok, A., Alderson, J.C. 2000 In: English language education in Hungary. - Part II: Examining Hungarian learners’ achievements in English. Budapest : The British Council p. 60-74. 15 p. ISBN: 9630031086.
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Pilot test booklet design.
Alderson, J.C., Öveges, E. 2000 In: English language education in Hungary, Part II: examining Hungarian learners’ achievements in English. Budapest : The British Council p. 47-53. 7 p. ISBN: 9630031086.
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Results of piloting.
Alderson, J.C., Szabo, G., Percsich, R. 2000 In: English language education in Hungary. - Part II: Examining Hungarian learners' achievements in English. Budapest : The British Council p. 82-91. 10 p. ISBN: 9630031086.
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Teljesitményszintek az angol nyelvi érettségi kipróbálásán.
Alderson, J.C. 2000 In: Magyar Pedagógia. 100, 4, p. 423-458. 36 p.
Journal article

Testing in EAP: progress? Achievement? Proficiency?
Alderson, J.C. 2000 In: Assessing English for academic purposes. Oxford : Peter Lang p. 21-47. 27 p. ISBN: 0820453161.
Chapter

The context: the current school-leaving examination.
Alderson, J.C., Szollas, K. 2000 In: English language education in Hungary. - Part II: Examining Hungarian learners’ achievements in English. Budapest : The British Council p. 9-21. 13 p. ISBN: 9630031086.
Chapter

The writing test.
Szabo, K., Grof, S., Alderson, J.C. 2000 In: English language education in Hungary, Part II: examining Hungarian learners’ achievements in English. Budapest : The British Council p. 100-122. 23 p. ISBN: 9630031086.
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What does PESTI have to do with us testers?
Alderson, J.C. 2000 In: Proceedings of the international language in education conference: discourses and development in language education. Hong Kong : Chinese University Press p. 215-234. 20 p.
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