Assessment and evaluation are key elements in a comprehensive approach to education that is accountable to the needs of learners, the values of scholarly disciplines, and the well-being of society. Assessment and evaluation also provide essential mechanisms for understanding, improving, and demonstrating the worth of foreign language education. AELRC aims to provide leadership, scholarship, and outreach in the practices of FL assessment and program evaluation to foreign language teachers, program administrators, and researchers in diverse educational settings.

Mission and Goals

AELRC supports foreign language (FL) education in the US by (a) providing assessment and evaluation training and materials, (b) developing and validating high-quality assessment and evaluation instruments and procedures, and (c) fostering and sustaining a scholarship of FL assessment and evaluation among K-16 language educators. Our primary goal is to facilitate useful assessment and evaluation practices that help FL educators innovate and improve their programs, ensure accountability to students and society, and articulate and express the value of FL studies in the world today. 

AELRC is a Title VI Language Resource Center directed collaboratively by researchers at Georgetown University and the Center for Applied Linguistics.