The Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

We have an expanding programme of collaboration with external researchers in universities all over the world.  Our Technical Advisory Group comprises experts from language testing, psychometrics and teaching who provide feedback, advice and critical assessment.

The independent group of experts guides the work of Pearson English in developing the Global Scale of English and the GSE Learning Objectives. They also have oversight of the Pearson English suite of English language tests, including PTE Academic and Progress.

The GSE TAG serves to ensure that Pearson’s internal standards are aligned with best international practice (for example; ALTE code of Practice, APA code of conduct, Council of Europe’s Manual for Relating Language Examinations to the CEFR, EALTA Guidelines for Good Practice, ILTA Guidelines for Practice, etc.). The TAG also helps Pearson ensure it meets provisions set down by external authorities such as OFQUAL, DIAC and the UK Home Office.

The GSE TAG consists of key stakeholders from the academic and practitioner communities. This enables them to give us insight into external developments in the markets and also, where appropriate, act as advocates for Pearson in those communities.

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Global Scale of English Technical Advisory Group

  • Barbara Gardner

    2012 - Present
    Study Group
  • Barry O’Sullivan

    2014 - Present
    British Council / Roehampton University
  • Brian North

    2014 - Present
    Council of Europe
  • David Nunan

    2014 - Present
    Anaheim University & University of Hong Kong
  • John de Jong

    2012 - Present
    Pearson / VU Amsterdam, GSE TAG Chair
  • Mark Reckase

    2012 - Present
    Michigan State University
  • Peter Brown

    2012 - Present
    EQUALS
  • Yukio Tono

    2012 - Present
    Tokyo University of Foreign Studies / CEFR-J
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Young Learners Technical Advisory Group

  • Angela Hasselgreen

    2012 - 2016
    Bergen University College
  • Annie Hughes

    2012 - Present
    University of York
  • Leonor Corradi

    2012 - Present
    Joaquin V Gonzalez/ IES en Lenguas Vivas
  • Marianne Nikolov

    2013 - Present
    University of Pécs, Hungary
  • Yuko Butler

    2014 - Present
    University of Pennsylvania
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Vocabulary Technical Advisory Group

  • Barry O’Sullivan

    2015 - Present
    British Council / Roehampton University
  • Constant Leung

    2015 - Present
    King's College London
  • Diane Schmitt

    2015 - Present
    Nottingham Trent University
  • Norbert Schmitt

    2015 - Present
    University of Nottingham
  • Paul Maera

    2015 - Present
    Swansea University