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Evelina is Head of Research Strategy at Cambridge Assessment English. She has worked in English language education for over 25 years, as an English language teacher, teacher trainer, program administrator, materials writer and assessment specialist. Her key areas of expertise are the development and assessment of speaking skills, the role of technology in learning and assessment, and ways of bringing innovation tools, skills and behaviours to organisations. Evelina has a strong track record in academic publications and presentations, and has delivered training courses on language assessment in North America, Asia and Europe. She holds a Master’s and a PhD from Columbia University, USA.
Evelina’s life path has taken her from her native Bulgaria to the United States, and to the United Kingdom. Before joining Cambridge Assessment English, she worked as a teacher (trying to motivate unmotivated teenagers) and teacher trainer (trying to bring the science and art of teaching English to novice teachers). She also co-wrote an English language teaching course book with her husband, and enjoyed being a New Yorker for 10 years. In her spare time, Evelina enjoys happy moments with her husband, two boys and dog, and giggles with friends.
Stead, G, Galaczi, E and Whiteside, M (forthcoming) Mobile learning in an age of technology fragmentation and learner choice: What can teachers do?, in Palalas, A (Ed) Blended Language Learning: International Perspectives on Innovative Practice, China Central Radio and TV University Press Co Ltd.
Galaczi, E and Taylor, L (2018) Interactional competence: Conceptualizations, operationalizations and outstanding questions, Language Assessment Quarterly, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15434303.2018.1453816
Galaczi, E, Post, B, Li, A, Barker, F and Schmidt, E (2017) Assessing second language pronunciation: Distinguishing features of rhythm in learner speech at different proficiency levels, in Isaacs, T and Trofimovich, P (Eds) Interfaces in Second Language Pronunciation Assessment: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Multilingual Matters, 157-182.
Nakatsuhara, F, Berry, V, Inoue, C and Galaczi, E (2017) Exploring the use of video-conferencing technology in the assessment of spoken language: A mixed-methods study, Language Assessment Quarterly 14 (1), 1-18.
Galaczi, E and Khabbazbashi, N (2016) Rating scale development: A multistage exploratory sequential design, in Moeller, A J, Cresswell, J W and Saville, N (Eds) Second Language Assessment and Mixed Methods Research, Studies in Language Testing volume 43, Cambridge: UCLES/Cambridge University Press, 208-232.
Galaczi, E D and Swabey, M T (2015) Capturing the ephemeral: Standardising the assessment of teaching practice, in Wilson, R and Poulter, M (Eds) Assessing Language Teachers’ Professional Skills and Knowledge, Studies in Language Testing volume 42, Cambridge: UCLES/Cambridge University Press, 113-141.
Galaczi, E D (2014) Content analysis, in Kunnan, A J (Ed) The Companion to Language Assessment Volume 3, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 1325-1339.
Galaczi, E D (2014) Interactional competence across proficiency levels: How do learners manage interaction in paired speaking tests? Applied Linguistics 35 (5), 553-574.
Vidakovic, I and Galaczi, E D (2013) The measurement of speaking ability 1913-2012, in Weir, C J, Vidakovic, I and Galaczi, E D Measured Constructs: A History of Cambridge English Language Examinations 1913-2012, Studies in Language Testing volume 37, Cambridge: UCLES/Cambridge University Press, 257-346.
Galaczi, E and ffrench, A (2011) Context validity, in Taylor, L (Ed) Examining Speaking: Research and Practice in Assessing Second Language Speaking, Studies in Language Testing volume 30, Cambridge: UCLES/Cambridge University Press, 112-170.
Galaczi, E D, ffrench, A, Hubbard, C and Green, A (2011) Developing assessment scales for large-scale speaking tests: A multiple-method approach, Assessment in Education 18 (3), 217-237.
Taylor, L and Galaczi, E (2011) Scoring validity, in Taylor, L (Ed) Examining Speaking: Research and Practice in Assessing Second Language Speaking, Studies in Language Testing volume 30, Cambridge: UCLES/Cambridge University Press, 171-233.
Vidakovic, I and Galaczi, E D (2010) Testing Legal English: Insights from the International Legal English Test, Professional and Academic English 35, 4-10.
Galaczi, E D (2008) Peer-peer interaction in a paired speaking test: The case of the First Certificate in English, Language Assessment Quarterly 5 (2), 89-119.