Mark Custance

Associate Professor-level Part-time Technical Expert

PG Dip., Applied Linguistics, Surrey University, UK

Research areas

English language testing, especially issues in reliability and validity


College English, English Writing, Public Speaking

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  • Publications
  • Research & Teaching

Relevant Education

  • CELTA: Teacher training (TEFL) International House UK; Cambridge English Language Assessment, University of Cambridge.
  • Post-graduate studies: Surrey University UK. PG Dip. In Applied Linguistics:  Focus on TESOL


Awards & Certificates

  • 1993 – present Qualified IELTS Examiner IDP Taipei  


Teaching Experience

  • 1990-1993 ELSI Taipei 

Taught English to adults at all levels


  • 1993-1997 IELTS Preparation Course Teacher: IDP Taipei                           

Developed syllabus and overall course structure and taught preparation classes and graded all written work.


  • 1997-2010 MELC Taichung

Managing Director and IELTS preparation Course Teacher  

Was responsible for teacher training and weekly meetings, Collaborated on curriculum development, met with students on request and graded all written work.


  • 2010-present VEC Taichung

ELTS Preparation Course Teacher                                       

Develop syllabus and overall course structure and teach preparation classes and grade all written work.


  • 2018-present FCU, ISTM                                                                



Related Experience

  • 1999 –2010 China Medical College Taichung

Copy editor                                                                        

Provided copy editing for medical journal articles as and when needed.


Regular contributions to IDP publications regarding IELTS, including test preparation materials and monthly magazines.

Research & Teaching

Teaching at ISTM in Fall 2018/Spring 2019

  • College English (ISTM Year 1)
  • Public Speaking (FCU-RMIT Program Year 1)


Research Interests

  • English language testing, especially issues in reliability and validity


Courses Taught at ISTM (2017 - 2018)

  • English Writing
  • Public Speaking
  • College English (IELTS)