About

Biographical stuff

My name is Kyle Smith. I’m a PhD student, working on a thesis about assessment practices in English pathway programs in Australia. I’ve worked in English language learning since 2001 as a teacher, manager, curriculum developer, and academic language and learning advisor.

I’m a member of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA), the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ), and the English Language Testing Society (ELTS).

I helped to get #AusELT started.

You can find me on Twitter as @elkysmith.

I make music as Distant Fingers.

I do all this on Turrbal and Yugara country – always was, always will be.

Other writings

I wrote a curriculum development case study that was published in the 2017 edition of this.

I wrote a review of Dan Douglas’s Understanding Language Testing for TESOL In Context. I didn’t really know much at all about language testing when I wrote it.

I’ve written several reviews of books on technology in ELT for the English Australia Journal:

  1. Webinars: A cookbook for educators by Nicky Hockly
  2. Language Learning with Technology: Ideas for integrating technology in the classroom by Graham Stanley
  3. Mind the App! Inspiring internet tools and activities to engage your students by Thomas Strasser

I didn’t really know much at all about educational technology when I was writing those, but I was beginning to think more critically about it and I think that’s reflected to some extent across the three reviews.

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