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.
Courses offered in the past two years.
- Current term ●
- Upcoming term(s) ○
Introduces social science research design, descriptive and analytic procedures, basic statistics, and their application to research on language learning and teaching.
Fall 2016 - MIIS, Spring 2017 - MIIS
Considers issues in language assessment including reliability, validity, test bias, and authenticity. Examines differences and similarities among placement, proficiency, achievement, aptitude, and performance testing. Explores alternative evaluation procedures. Prepares students to evaluate tests and to develop original language tests. Prerequisites: Language Analysis and Educational Research Methods.
Spring 2017 - MIIS
The Applied Linguistics Capstone is designed to help TESOL/TFL students refine their skills as applied linguistics professionals. Course participants will develop either a curriculum project, a, empirical research report, or an assessment tool, using original data that they have collected and analyzed. The course also aims to induce students to reflect on their previous coursework, as well as explore and clarify their future plans for careers as language teaching professionals.
Applied Linguistics Capstone Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
Understand processes of inquiry relevant to language education
Plan research activities for designing curriculum and language instruction, assessment, or empirical investigation
Execute data collection procedures
Analyze data using appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods
Synthesize and report findings clearly, convincingly, and creatively for a professional audience
Apply research skills in educational settings
Fall 2016 - MIIS
Areas of Interest
Language testing, assessment, program evaluation, research design and statistics
PhD, Applied Linguistics; MA, TESOL, University of California, Los Angeles