Atta
Gebril

Position
Professor and TESOL Program Director
Department
Department of Applied Linguistics
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Brief Biography

Atta Gebril is a professor at the Department of Applied Linguistics, the American University in Cairo. He also serves as a director of the TESOL program on campus.  Atta obtained his PhD in Foreign Language and ESL Education with a minor in language testing from the University of Iowa (USA). He previously worked for American College Testing (ACT, Inc.) where he was part of the Workkeys team. In addition, he has been working as an assessment and evaluation consultant and currently serves on the TOEFL Committee of Examiners (COE). His research interests include integrated writing assessment, assessment literacy, and second language writing, and teacher education. He serves on the editorial boards Language Assessment Quarterly, Assessing Writing and TESOL Journal. In January 2018, he joined the Language Assessment Quarterly editorial team as an associate editor. His book entitled Assessment myths, co-authored with Lia Plakans, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2015.  His book “learning-oriented language assessment” was published by Routledge in 2021. His work has appeared in top-tier journals including Language Assessment Quarterly, Language Testing, Assessing Writing, Second Language Writing, Assessment in Education, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, and Teacher Development. In 2018, he won the ‘best article in the field of language testing’ award from the International Language Testing Association (ILTA). He also won a Scopus award as the most highly cited researcher in the field of education in Egypt from Elservier and Egyptian Knowledge bank in 2019. 

  • 2021

    • Gebril, Attta. (2021). Learning-oriented language assessment: Putting theory into practice. New York: Routledge.
    • Gebril, A. (2021). Learning-oriented assessment: Mai questions and an overview. In A. Gebril, Learning-oriented language assessment: Putting theory into practice. New York: Routledge.
    • Gebril, A. (2021). Nation-wide assessment reform in Egypt: Challenges and potentials of learning-oriented assessment in an examinations-based instructional setting. In A. Gebril, Learning-oriented language assessment: Putting theory into practice. New York: Routledge.

    2020

    2019

    2018

    • Ohta, R., Plakans, L., & Gebril, A. (2018). Integrated writing scores based on holistic and multi-trait scales: A generalizability analysis. Assessing Writing, 18, 21-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asw.2018.08.001
    • Gebril, A. (2018). Test preparation in the accountability era: Toward a learning-oriented approach. TESOL Journal, 9 (1), 4-16. DOI: 10.1002/tesj.30
    • Brown, G., Gebril, A., Michaelides, M., &, Remesal, A.  (2018). Assessment as an emotional practice: emotional challenges faced by L2 teachers within assessment. In J. Agudo (Ed.), Emotions in second language teaching: Professional challenges and teacher education (pp. 205-222). London: Springer.
    • Gebril, A. (2018). Integrated-Skills Assessment. In John Liontas (Ed.), The TESOL encyclopedia of English language teaching.  Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
    • Gebril, A., Boraie, D., & Arrigoni, E. (2018). Assessment literacy. In John Liontas (Ed.), The TESOL encyclopedia of English language teaching.  Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
    • Boraie, D., Gebril, A., Gabriel, R. (2018). The interface between religious values and language pedagogy in Egypt: What do teachers think? In Mary Shepard Wong and Ahmar Mahboob (Eds.), Spirituality and language teaching: Religious explorations of teacher identity, pedagogy, context, and content (pp. 151-171). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
    • Gebril, A.  (2018). Arabic language teachers’ conceptions of assessment. In A. Benmamoun and R. Bassiouney (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of Arabic linguistics (pp. 560-574). New York: Routledge.

    2017

    2016

    2015

    • Boraie, D., & Gebril, A. (2015). Writing effective research questions. In J.D. Brown & C. Coombe (Eds.), The Cambridge guide to language research (pp. 190-197). Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press. 
    • Plakans, Lia, & Gebril, Atta. (2015). Assessment myths: Applying second language research to classroom teaching. Ann Arbor, Michigan: The University of Michigan Press.

    2014

     2013

    2012

    2010

    2009

    • Gebril, A. (2009). Score generalizability of academic writing tasks: Does one test method fit t all? Journal of Language Testing, 26, 507-531.  doi: 10.1177/0265532209340188
    • Gebril, A. & Plakans, L. (2009). Investigating source use, discourse features, and process in integrated writing tests. Spaan Fellow Working Papers in Second / Foreign Language Assessment 7, 47-84. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan.
    • Gebril, A. (2009). ACTFL and ILR oral proficiency interviews: A tale of two scales. In C. Coombe, P. Davidson, & D. Lloyd. The fundamentals of language assessment: A practical guide for teachers, 2nd edition, pp. 132-146. Dubai, UAE: TESOL Arabia Publications.
    • Gebril, A. (2009). Assessing speaking through oral proficiency interviewing: A panacea for our testing dilemma? Proceedings of the UAE University 10th Annual Conference, Alain, UAE.
    • Gebril, Atta. (2009). Score generalizability in writing assessment: The interface between applied linguistics and psychometrics research. Saarbruecken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.
  • PhD, 2006, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

    • Assessment in Lang Learning
    • Proposal Writing
    • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
    • Scopus award as the most highly cited researcher in the field of education in Egypt from  Elservier & Egyptian Knowledge bank (October 2019)
    • George Forster Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Humboldt Foundation, Germany (2021-2024).
    • The 2017 Best Article in the Field of Language Testing Award. The International Language Testing Association (ILTA).
    • Founding chair of the International Perspectives on Assessing World Languages (IPAWL) Conference.
    • Founding chair of the International Language Assessment Conference in Egypt (ILACE).
    • Founding chair of the Testing, Assessment, and Evaluation (TEA) Special Interest Group at Nile TESOL.
    • Finalist, The 2014 Best Article in the Field of Language Testing Award. The International Language Testing Association (ILTA).
    • Honorable Mention. JSLW Award for the Best Article Published in 2013.Journal of Second Language Writing, 2014.
    • Member, TOEFL Committee of Examiner (COE) (2021-2025), Educational Testing Service (ETS).
    • Member, Nomination Committee for the Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) Program at Fulbright (September 2019)
    • Chair, the 2nd International Perspectives on Assessing World Languages (IPAWL), The American University in Cairo, Egypt. (January 2020).
    • Founding Chair, The First International Perspectives on Assessing World Languages (IPAWL), The American University in Cairo, Egypt. (January 2019).
    • International Language Testing Association (ILTA) Best Article Award Selection Committee Chair (2019).
    • International Language Testing Association (ILTA) P-CLASS  Committee member (2020).
    • International Language Testing Association (ILTA) Nominating Committee member (2017-2018).
    • International Language Testing Association (ILTA) Membership Committee member (2018- until now)
    • Member, Selection committee, the Fulbright Egyptian Student Program (September, 2016)
    • Founding Chair, The First International Language Assessment Conference in Egypt (ILACE), The American University in Cairo, Egypt. (Sep. 2- Sep.3 , 2015).
    • Consultant, UNICEF and Save the Children Whole of Syria Project: Early Literacy Assessment for Syrian Refugees (2018-2019).
    • Member, Scientific Council for Language Testing​​ (SCLT) at the National Center for Assessment in Higher Education (Qiyas), Saudi Arabia.
    • Advisory board member, Standardized Arabic Proficiency Test (SAPT), The American University in Cairo (2015-2016). 
    • Consultant, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) (2012-2017).
    •  Consultant, UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research: Arabic admission test for the UAE federal universities (2008-2010).
    • Consultant, Al Ayn Proficiency Test, University General Requirements Unit (UGRU), The United Arab Emirates University (2008-2010). 
    • Consultant, Second Language Testing International Inc. in (2007-2012).
    • Reviewer of the Defense Language Proficiency Test 5 (DLP5) in 2007
    • Certified ACTFL and ILR OPI interviewer
Research Interest
  • Language assessment
  • Learning-oriented assessment
  • Second Language Writing
  • Teacher Beliefs 
  • Test Validation 
  • Generalizability Theory 
  • Reading-writing Connections