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Susan came to the University of Huddersfield in September 2013 as senior Lecturer in TESOL.

Susan began her career in TESOL teaching in Naples. She then worked as a Research Assistant to an Italian University Professor. Her interest in the academic side of TESOL developed and she obtained an MA in TESOL from Sheffield Hallam University. Whilst studying for her Masters Susan joined the British Council. She initallly worked as a teacher and then went on to become a teacher trainer as a DELTA course tutor. Susan also worked as an IELTS examiner. Whilst working for the British Council at the Milan teaching centre Susan studied for her Doctorate in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Bristol. Her research focused on the CEFR and this remains one of her key research areas.

In 2005 Susan returned to the UK and became ELT Testing Manager for the British Council. She managed the development of a new placement test for the network of British Council. Following the successful completion of this project Susan moved into managerial roles which focused on developing and promoting research. She also undertook research projects. The most notable of which is the Core Inventory of General English, written with Brian North and Angeles Ortega. This book describes an approach to translating the CEFR into classroom activity. Susan edited numerous academic papers for publication by the British Council and the first volume of the Research papers series.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Testing, evaluation and assessment
  • The Common European Framework of Reference
  • The learner autonomy
  • Teacher development

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output 2017 2019

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Book/Film/Dance Article review

What does language assessment literacy mean to teachers?

Berry, V., Sheehan, S. & Munro, S., 1 Apr 2019, In : English Language Teaching Journal. 73, 2, p. 113-123 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Expert Testimony

EFL students' self-assessment of proficiency and progression

Sheehan, S., 30 May 2018, In : European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL. 7, 1, p. 5-18 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

longitudinal study

Book review: 'Assessment and autonomy in language Learning', Carol J. Everhard, Linda Murphy (Eds.)

Sheehan, S., Nov 2017, In : System. 70, p. 121-122 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

Open Access

Exploring Teachers' Language Assessment Literacy: A Social Constructivist Approach to Understanding Effective Practices

Berry, V., Sheehan, S. & Munro, S., Sep 2017, Learning and Assessment: Making the Connections: Proceedings of the ALTE 6th International Conference, 3-5 May 2017. Guitierrez Eugenio, E. (ed.). Cambridge, p. 201-207 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access

Identifying key criteria of written and spoken English at C1: A qualitative study of key language points at C1

Sheehan, S., Sanderson, P. & Harris, A., 2017, 17 p. (ARAGs Research Reports Online)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
data analysis

Activities 2016 2019

  • 14 Oral presentation
  • 6 Other
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Invited talk

The Core Inventory of General English – Can it inform our understanding of the C levels?

Susan Sheehan (Speaker)
20 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Thinking aloud – bringing cognition to classroom-based language assessment

Susan Sheehan (Speaker), Sonia Munro (Speaker)
29 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Global Perspectives on Teacher Cognition and Assessment

Susan Sheehan (Speaker), Sonia Munro (Speaker)
28 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation