Dr John Pill

Lecturer in Language Testing

Research Overview

I undertake research on testing language for specific purposes, the scope and definition of language constructs in particular contexts, speaking assessment, language assessment literacy, test users’ perspectives, and test impact.

More generally, I am interested in the nature of discourse communities and how newcomers gain access to them in terms of language. I study English in medical/healthcare contexts and in academic contexts.

My post at Lancaster University is the Trinity College London Lectureship in Language Testing and I am involved in research with Trinity College London.

Review of Aryadoust, V., & Fox, J. (Eds.). (2016). Trends in language assessment research and practice: The view from the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (632 pp.).
Pill, J. 24/05/2017 In: Language Testing.
Book/Film/Article review

Drawing on indigenous criteria for more authentic assessment in a specific-purpose language test: Health professionals interacting with patients
Pill, J. 1/04/2016 In: Language Testing. 33, 2, p. 175-193. 19 p.
Journal article

Extending the scope of speaking assessment criteria in a specific-purpose language test: Operationalizing a health professional perspective.
O'Hagan, S., Pill, J., Zhang, Y. 1/04/2016 In: Language Testing. 33, 2, p. 195-216. 22 p.
Journal article

How much is enough?: Involving occupational experts in setting standards on a specific-purpose language test for health professionals
Pill, J., McNamara, T. 1/04/2016 In: Language Testing. 33, 2, p. 217-234. 18 p.
Journal article

Language test as boundary object: Perspectives from test users in the healthcare domain
Macqueen, S., Pill, J., Knoch, U. 1/04/2016 In: Language Testing. 33, 2, p. 271-288. 18 p.
Journal article

Transitioning from university to the workplace: Stakeholder perceptions of academic and professional writing demands.
Knoch, U., May, L., Macqueen, S., Pill, J., Storch, N. 02/2016 IELTS Partners - British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP: IELTS Australia. 37 p.
Other report

Maintaining the connection between test and context: A language test for university admission
Pill, J. 2016 In: Papers in Language Testing and Assessment.
Journal article

How we developed Doctors speak up: An evidence-based language and communication skills open access resource for international medical graduates
Woodward-Kron, R., Fraser, C., Pill, J., Flynn, E. 2015 In: Medical Teacher. 37, 1, p. 31-33. 3 p.
Journal article

Marching out of step: The uneasy links between task-based language competencies for military purposes and a general proficency scale.
Elder, C., Pill, J., Frost, K., Bow, C. 2015 In: Language in uniform. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK : Cambridge Scholars Publishing p. 223-240. 18 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

What counts as effective communication in nursing?: Evidence from nurse educators' and clinicians' feedback on nurse interactions with simulated patients.
O'Hagan, S., Manias, E., Elder, C., Pill, J., Woodward-Kron, R., McNamara, T., Webb, G., McColl, G. 06/2014 In: Journal of Advanced Nursing. 70, 6, p. 1344-1355. 12 p.
Journal article

Assessing health professionals
Taylor, L., Pill, J. 2014 In: Companion to language assessment. Wiley-Blackwell
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Defining the language assessment literacy gap: evidence from a parliamentary inquiry
Pill, J., Harding, L. 07/2013 In: Language Testing. 30, 3, p. 381-402. 22 p.
Journal article

Developing and validating language proficiency standards for non-native English speaking health professionals
Elder, C., McNamara, T., Woodward-Kron, R., Manias, E., McColl, G., Webb, G., Pill, J., O'Hagan, S. 2013 In: Papers in Language Testing and Assessment.
Journal article

Perspectives from physiotherapy supervisors on student-patient communication
Woodward-Kron, R., van Die, D., Webb, G., Pill, J., Elder, C., McNamara, T., Manias, E., McColl, G. 31/08/2012 In: International Journal of Medical Education. 3, p. 166-174. 9 p.
Journal article

Health professionals' views of communication: Implications for assessing performance on a health-specific English language test
Elder, C., Pill, J., Woodward-Kron, R., McNamara, T., Manias, E., Webb, G., McColl, G. 06/2012 In: TESOL Quarterly. 46, 2, p. 409-419. 11 p.
Journal article

How professionally relevant can language tests be?: A response to Wette (2011).
Pill, J., Woodward-Kron, R. 17/02/2012 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 9, 1, 4 p.
Comment/debate

Assessor decision-making while marking a note-taking listening test: the case of the OET
Harding, L., Pill, J., Ryan, K. 2011 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 8, 2, p. 108-126. 19 p.
Journal article