How are English language tests adapting to a hybrid learning world? Thursday, May 27th 2021

How are English language tests adapting to a hybrid learning world?

English proficiency testing has long been a high-stakes rite of passage for those looking to secure admissions to a top school abroad, get an international job, or land a promotion to the global C-suite. However, the COVID-19 pandemic made traditional, in-person testing impossible, thereby pushing online, technology-based assessment to the forefront and sparking discussion around whether the conventional paradigm is, in fact, as accessible or accurate as once perceived.

Join Bridge Education Group CEO Jean-Marc Alberola and senior representatives from five key companies in the testing field as they provide updates on changes they’ve implemented in the past year and discuss what to expect in the year to come. In addition to a focus on how they continue to adapt to an online world, including offering in-person and hybrid test formats, we’ll dive deeper into concerns around security, accessibility, equity, availability, and validity, and explore how technology (especially AI and machine learning) continues to provide solutions and challenges to the many issues around testing.

This webinar builds on the themes in BridgeUniverse’s January 2021 article, English Test Providers Jockey for Position as Pandemic Accelerates Online Trend.


Jennifer Dewar is the Director of Strategic Engagement for the Duolingo English Test and has worked in college admissions since 2001. Prior to joining Duolingo, Jennifer was Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Washington University in St. Louis. She has also worked in the admissions offices at Duke University and Connecticut College. Jennifer has recruited extensively in Asia, Europe and India and has chaired the Admissions Practices Committee on the International ACAC Executive Board. She has a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and master’s degree from Duke University.

Srikant Gopal is the executive director of the TOEFL program at ETS, the world’s largest nonprofit educational assessment, research and learning organization. He joined ETS in 2018 as the senior director of brand marketing before being appointed to his current role as executive director later that year, where he is responsible for the strategy, performance and growth of the TOEFL product portfolio. He is a graduate of the Birla Institute for Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India and earned his MBA from Indiana University, USA. He combines marketing and business experience from companies such as Procter & Gamble and Nestle with a passion for education and student development. Currently residing in the Greater Philadelphia area, he brings a global perspective to his role, having lived and worked in six countries, including the US, and with business experience across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Judson Hart is the Director of Language Assessment at Emmersion. He advances company strategy through developing and furthering innovations in language assessment. Judson has spent 16 years working in English language assessment, teaching, and administration. Before joining Emmersion, he was the Coordinator of Assessment and Technology at Brigham Young University’s English Language Center.

Jim Brosam II is the President of iTEP International. Brosam is a 24-year veteran in the field of international education. He founded Jameson Global, an international education consulting company that operates “J-Check” a nation-wide testing service that assists universities with documentation of English proficiency of incoming J-Scholars. While working on several university campuses, Brosam directed international student recruitment and domestic study abroad programs in over 40 countries. In addition to international education, Brosam has an extensive background in communication and marketing. He is an active member of NAFSA and is currently serving on the national Leadership Development Committee.

Ariel Foster is the Executive Director/CEO of IELTS USA, the world’s most widely used English language proficiency test for college admission and immigration. Prior to joining IELTS USA in 2014, she had a 20-year career with the College Board as head of the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Higher Education for the Advanced Placement Program (AP). Ariel helped lead the transition of CLEP to computer in 2000. Ariel led higher education initiatives for AP’s redesign and new product development, such as the Computer Science Principles curriculum and AP Capstone. She holds a CELTA (Certificate for Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) and taught English in Prague and New York City. She is based in Los Angeles.

Bridge Education Group (“Bridge”) is led by Founder and CEO Jean-Marc Alberola, an experienced leader with over 30 years of experience in international education. Jean-Marc’s experience includes 10 years overseas in Brazil, Chile and Argentina building Linguatec, a chain of seven language centers catering to the corporate training market. Most recently he led the creation of BridgePathways a division of Bridge focused on international student recruitment and the establishment of six ESL centers on U.S. University campuses. Jean-Marc has served as a board member of IALC (International Association of Language Centers) and is a frequent speaker and thought leader in international education. Jean-Marc has a deep understanding of the international language training industry, and a successful track record building and growing companies. Jean-Marc holds a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont.

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