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 aimed to develop, pilot, and validate five C-tests for estimating global proficiency in Arabic, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, and Turkish (with plans for developing two additional tests in Bangla and Korean). The intended use of each instrument is to assess global language proficiency for L2 research purposes. See below for the culmination of this project, Norris (2018).

John M. Norris

Developing C-Tests for Estimating Proficiency in Foreign Language Research

Founding co-director John Norris has published 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, Todd H. McKay, Young A Son, Amy Kim, and Eunyoung Cho

"Patterns of assessment capacity in community college language programs: Current needs and future strategies"

Community colleges play an important role in educating post-secondary language students, yet little research has focused on how recent requirements for evaluation and assessment are impacting language instruction at two-year institutions. This paper, presented at the CUALHE 2015 annual meeting and conference, addressed patterns of assessment capacity and use in community college language programs and sought to identify strategies for future assessment capacity-building at local and national levels.

John McE. Davis and Young A Son

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.

John McE. Davis

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.

Young A Son, Amy Kim