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Mr John Slaght


Head of Language Testing and Assessment and Course Director.

External examiner for Middlesex University Pre-sessional Courses (January 2014 onwards)

External examiner for Newman University International Language Centre, Birmingham (January 2016 onwards).

Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSE).

Research projects

International students project 'Increasing The English language competence of overseas students is the production of an IELTS briefing document/online resources for all staff. A research project headed by Professor Claire Furneaux (DELAL) and in conjunction with Dr Karin Whiteside (ISLI) and Mr Sebastian Watkins (ISLI).

The impact of fluency in the TEEP Speaking Test with Dr Parvaneh Tavakoli (DELAL)

The development of an undergraduate level TEEP at NUIS, Malaysia and the University of Reading


I began teaching in September 1969. Initially I taught French, History and, from 1975, English. I have been involved in EAP full-time since 1980. It was while working in Zambia (1972-86) that I became involved in language testing by heading regional marking teams for the Copperbelt Region of Zambia. I then worked for one year in Saudi Arabia (1988-9) after completing my MA at Reading.

I first began working at the University in 1988 immediately after my MA (Applied Linguistics). I worked every summer on the pre-sessional and did some sessional work until July 2000, when I became a full-time member of staff.

I am an avid reader and love the countryside. I like walking long distances and I like to keep fit. I also love music and have a large collection of CDs and vinyl ranging through blues, rock, country, folk and classical. I waste a lot of time on cryptic crosswords with about 50% success rate of completion.

Awards and honours

    University Teaching Fellow, May 2018


Selected publications

Slaght, J. & Harbin, P (2004). English for Academic Study: reading. Reading: Garnet Publishing

Slaght, J & Howell, D.M. (2007). 'The role of TEEP as a Course-Driven Assessment Measure on a Pre-sessional Programme' BALEAP/SATEFL Joint conference: New Approaches to Materials Development for language learning

Slaght, J & Howell, D.M. (2007). Action research into pre-sessional students' differentiation of Assessments. BALEAP Conference Proceedings 2007: Garnet Education.

McCormack, J & Slaght, J. (2009 & 2012 revised edition). Extended Writing and Research Skills. Reading: Garnet Publishing

Slaght, J. (2011). 'Lead role or supporting act? The status of computer-based testing in EAP assessment' Proceedings of the 2009 BALEAP Conference. Reading: Garnet Education.

Slaght, J (2012). English for academic studies: Reading: Garnet Publishing. Reading: UK.

Slaght, J (2012). Authenticity and need in the design of reading into writing tests'. Proceedings of the 2011 BALEAP Conference. Reading: Garnet Education

Conferences attended

June 2016 Southampton University English as a Medium of Instruction PIM: Syllabus Driven Assessment: not an assessment driven syllabus.

July 2016 University of Reading BAAL PIM: I was a panel member on the assessment symposium.

November 2016 Language Testing Forum. University of Reading: I gave the introductory talk and was the organiser with Bruce Howell.

November 2016 University of Glasgow: BALEAP PIM: Learner Identity: Managing Transitions.

January 2017 Universities of Bristol & Bath: I ran the Item Writing for language tests workshop.

February 2017 University of Northampton:Language Assessment PIM

March 2017 University of Edinburgh: BALEAP PIM

April 2017 BALEAP Biennial Conference (Bristol): I ran the Language testing and item writing workshop. I was also on an international panel of 4 on language testing at the same conference.

May 2017 University of Kent: I ran the Item Writing for language tests workshop

November 2017 Language Testing Forum University of Huddersfield: Language knowledge: a reliable predictor of performance in language tests further developments?

November 2017 Newcastle University: I ran the Item Writing for language tests workshop.

May 2018 University of Glasgow: Language Testing Workshop.

June 2018 University of Coventry: Language testing Workshop.

November 2018 University of Luxembourg: Language Testing Workshop.


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