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#12 – Evaluation of MATEFL Program by Elham Foroozandeh

Episode 12 features Dr. Elham Foroozandeh discusses a large project that evaluated MA TEFL programs in nine major universities in Iran. In her talk, she discusses methodological aspects and the findings of the research. This episode is a live recording of a talk from the International Language Assessment Conference hosted by the Department of English Programs, American […]

#11 – Learning-Oriented Approach to Assessing Grammar in Classroom Contexts by James Purpura

Episode 11 features yet another talk from the International Language Assessment Conference hosted by the Department of English Programs, American University of Armenia in Summer 2009. This talk was presented by one of the prominent scholars in language assessment – Dr. James Purpura who’s currently an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Education in the TESOL […]

#10 – Assessing L2 Pragmatics by Zohre Eslami

Episode 10 is another live recording of a talk from the International Language Assessment Conference hosted by the Department of English Programs, American University of Armenia in Summer 2009. This talk features Dr. Zohreh Islami from the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture, Texas A&M University. She discusses the concept of pragmatics and challenges of assessing it.

#9 – Assessing Interactional Competence by Annie Brown

 This Episode is a live recording of a talk by Dr. Annie Brown that she gave at the International Language Assessment Conference hosted by the Department of English Programs, American University of Armenia in the summer of 2009. Dr. Annie Brown is Associate Director for Assessment and Professional Development in the Ministry of Higher Education […]

#8 – Automated Evaluation of Speaking by Bernstein

Episode 8 brings to you a presentation by Professor Jared Berstein, a leading developer of a language proficiency test based on an automated speech recognition system – Versant, which is available through Pearson Publishing. In this presentation, Berstein discusses some theoretical foundations and psychometric measures of Versant. This talk was recorded at the International Language […]

#7 – Program Evaluation by Kourosh Lachini

Episode 7 features a conference talk by Kourosh Lachini, a professor from the English Department, Qatar University, where he teaches and does research in language assessment and program evaluation, among other areas of inquiry. The talk touches on the following themes: educational program evaluation, academic EFL preparation, critical thinking, evaluation methodology, cultural issues of program […]

#6 – Modernizing Language Assessment by Bernard Spolsky

Episode 6 starts a series of episodes that will feature selected talks from the International Language Assessment Conference of Armenia that was hosted by the Department of English Programs, American University of Armenia in Summer 2009. The first of these episodes includes a talk by one of the leadinginternational  experts in language assessment, Bernard Spolsky, Professor […]

#5 – Interview about Research with Simeon Slovacek

While Professor Slovacek was on AUA campus, we took this opportunity and talked to him about his views on research in education. The main themes we addressed include: expected research skills for undergraduate and MA level students, textbooks and approaches to teaching and advising on research and statistics, theoretical models, qualitative vs.quantitative methodologies, mixed methods […]

#4 – English Language Assessment & School Accountability by Slovacek

Episode 4 brings to you a plenary talk from a recent conference on language assessment hosted by the Department of English Programs, American University of Armenia. Professor Simeon Slovacek in his plenary shares his experiences of evaluating charter schools in the United States. Some key concepts and themes include: accountability, value-added teacher assessment, No Child […]

#3 – Q&A on Issues in Language Assessment by Kunnan

This episode is a follow up on the previous episode with a talk about Issues in Language Assessment by Professor Antony Kunnan, Dean of the Department of English Programs, American University and Professor of TESOL in California State University,  Los Angeles. This episode includes questions and answers after Professor Kunnan’s talk. Some of the questions […]

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