Professor Pauline Rea-Dickins

Professor Pauline Rea-Dickins’s research interests include language testing and assessment, language programme evaluation and issues around language in education in multilingual contexts.

Her research has focused around language issues in school settings, in particular the relationship between formative assessment and language development. One of her ESRC funded projects investigated the classroom assessment of young learners with different ethnic minority languages and how formative assessment supported their cross curricula language development to enable them to be independent learners in mainstream school curriculum contexts in the UK.

In recent years, her research has addressed key issues of language policy in Sub-Saharan Africa, investigating the dynamics of language in formal examination contexts where school age children are required to demonstrate their scholastic achievement through an unfamiliar second language. She has served on many committees including the TOEFL Board of Examiners (ETS, Princeton), and been on the advisory boards of journals in her field: Assessment in Education, Language Testing, Language Learning Journal. Of particular relevance to this research is Pauline’s extensive experience in a variety of capacities in Sub-Saharan Africa. She was Director, Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development from 2010 – 2015 and has also worked at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She has led language programme evaluations and impact studies across a range of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (e.g. Lesotho, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya), South East Asia and South America.