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About Louise Courtney

BA(Hons) Monash, DipEd Melb, CertIV Workplace Training & Ass CAE

Ms Courtney is a Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research in ACER's Assessment and Reporting team. She is currently responsible for content development for the assessment of school student reading comprehension and writing in English for two large international assessments, in the UAE and in the UK. 
 
Ms Courtney has broad experience of diverse cultures, working with colleagues in ACER’s India office and contributing to projects for Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Afghanistan. Previous work at ACER in the language and literacy area includes editing ACER’s Assessment of Language Competence (Italian and French) tasks,work onthe diagnostic assessment of English reading skills for Early Years students, including authoring illustrated books, development of a reading assessment tool for at-risk youth, work on an Adult Literacy Assessment Tool for New Zealand, and a National Civics and Citizenship survey project. Ms Courtney has a special interest in assessing student writing.

Before she joined ACER on 2008 Ms Courtney worked as a freelance writer of ESLeducational materials, including curriculum-matched materials for the Parliament of Victoria. Ms Courtney has also written ESL text book materials for RMIT, library titles and further education reports. She worked as an IELTS assessor (International English Language Testing System) and on the Occupational English test for overseas medical practitioners, writing profession-specific materials to assess writing and speaking. She has many years’ experience as an English as a Second Language Teacher both in Australia and overseas.s.

Positions

Present Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
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Present Assessment and Psychometric Research > Assessment and Reporting, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
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