Current Projects


Project Title Description                                                                                       Investigator(s)

Short-cut estimates of foreign language proficiency for research purposes

The project aims 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.

Dr. John M. Norris

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

The purpose of the project is to learn more about the patterns of program assessment/evaluation activity and levels of support in US community college foreign language programs. Data will be 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.

Dr. John McE. Davis
Evaluation planning and capacity building in self-access language learning labs/centers  The project seeks to understand and develop approaches to evaluation capacity building, logic model development, and situational analysis for college language laboratory/self-access centers. A key purpose of the study is to identify best educational practices for university and college language labs.  

Dr. John McE. Davis; Todd Mckay

Review of evaluation and assessment in heritage language learning

The purpose of this project is 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 intends to highlight issues persistent in the heritage language learning literature.

Young A Son