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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

The AELRC’s primary mission is to facilitate useful assessment and evaluation practices that help foreign language educators innovate and improve their programs, ensure accountability to students and society, and articulate the value of foreign language studies in the world today. In carrying out this mission, the AELRC focuses on three interrelated aspects of foreign language education in the United States: underrepresented languages, populations, and institutions; student learning outcomes assessment; and the Seal of Biliteracy. 

AELRC is a Title VI Language Resource Center directed collaboratively by researchers at Georgetown University, the Center for Applied Linguistics, and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages


Upcoming Events

Coming Soon!

Professional Development

We recently conducted a four-week online professional development workshop for world language instructors on oral proficiency assessment and proficiency-based instruction. Check it out: NECTFL 2022.

Participate in Current Research

Share your expertise with us! We are currently collecting responses to a survey.

K-12 educators, share your experiences with the Seal of Biliteracy.

COVID-19 Update

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AELRC staff has transitioned to a hybrid model. We continue working to serve the language education community remotely. Staff and student researchers are meeting, collaborating, collecting data, and developing resources.


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