Completed Projects

These projects served as the foregrounding of AELRC’s current and ongoing research and test development work.

Project Title



Short-cut estimates of foreign language proficiency for research purposes

The project culminated in publication of a book on C-test development for eight different foreign languages in US university settings, stemming from research conducted through the AELRC. The chapters each describe in detail the development process - including text identification, selection, deletion strategies, piloting with L1 native speakers and college-level foreign language learners, and data analysis - tailored to each language. The languages included are Arabic, Bangla, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish.

John M. Norris

Student learning outcomes assessment in community/junior college language education: Trends in capacity and use

The purpose of the project was to learn more about the patterns of program assessment/evaluation activity and levels of support in US community college foreign language programs. Data was collected via a national questionnaire in order to better understand how program assessment can be a useful activity that impacts teaching and learning in productive ways. Results were disseminated at conferences of relevant educators such as CUALHE and ACTFL.

John McE. Davis, Young A Son

Review of evaluation and assessment in heritage language learning

The purpose of this project was to offer a general overview of studies that focus on both research and examples of practice focused on implementing assessment and evaluation of heritage language learners and heritage language education programs. It also intended to highlight issues persistent in the heritage language learning literature.

Access this online bibliography here.

Young A Son, Amy Kim