Professor Parvaneh Tavakoli’s research focuses on international tests of English language. Currently, using funding from Educational Testing Services, she is working on a project investigating the relationship between instruction and score gains in TOEFL ITP tests at a university context.
The longitudinal project examines the extent to which test scores reflect anticipated changes in underlying language ability as a function of learning and instruction. The findings will have significant implications for a range of users at university and policymaking levels, offering valuable evidence for a specific use of test scores in monitoring progress.
In previous projects funded by the British Council and International Study and Language Institute, she has examined the validity of Aptis and TEEP tests of speaking leading to changes in rating descriptors and/or rater training materials.
Professor Tavakoli is also part of a large project funded by the British Council exploring the effects of digitally mediated instruction on teaching in English-medium universities.