I taught English as a Second Language (ESL/EFL) for a variety of schools beginning in 1976 with my Peace Corps service in Morocco. Before coming to the Institute I was Assistant Director of ESL Services at UCLA and taught classes on assessment at California State University, Los Angeles. I joined the Institute faculty in 1990 and in 1997 was the recipient of the Institutes’ Dean’s Award of Teaching Excellence. In 2008, I was honored by receiving the Dr. Leslie Ellison Teacher of Excellence Award.

I have consulted on test development projects and teacher training in the areas of assessment and curriculum design for various organizations, including Cambridge University Press, the Egyptian Fulbright Foundation, Educational Testing Service, AMIDEAST and Second Language Testing, Inc. Most recently, I have been working with Second Language Testing, Inc. on the design and development of tests of interpretation and translation in the languages of Pashto, Dari, and Farsi. My current research interest is in the areas of assessing advanced language, including assessing the skills and language proficiency of court and medical interpreters. I am the author and co-author of articles published in the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, TESOL Quarterly, The Content-Based Classroom, CATESOL Journal, Preparing the Professoriate of Tomorrow to Teach, and Language Testing.

Areas of Interest

Language testing, assessment, program evaluation, research design and statistics


Academic Degrees

PhD, Applied Linguistics; MA, TESOL, University of California, Los Angeles