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ERIC Number: ED511013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 240
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Toward Useful Program Evaluation in College Foreign Language Education
Norris, John M., Ed.; Davis, John McE., Ed.; Sinicrope, Castle, Ed.; Watanabe, Yukiko, Ed.
National Foreign Language Resource Center at University of Hawaii
This volume reports on innovative, useful evaluation work conducted within U.S. college foreign language programs. An introductory chapter scopes out the territory, reporting key findings from research into the concerns, impetuses, and uses for evaluation that FL educators identify. Seven chapters then highlight examples of evaluations conducted in diverse language programs and institutional contexts. Each case is reported by program-internal educators, who walk readers through critical steps, from identifying evaluation uses, users, and questions, to designing methods, interpreting findings, and taking actions. A concluding chapter reflects on the emerging roles for FL program evaluation and articulates an agenda for integrating evaluation into language education practice. Following an introduction to the volume by John M. Norris, this book contains the following chapters: (1) Identifying and Responding to Evaluation Needs in College Foreign Language Programs (Yukiko Watanabe, John M. Norris, and Marta Gonzalez-Lloret); (2) The Role of Evaluation in Curriculum Development and Growth of the UNM Portuguese Program (Margo Milleret and Agripino S. Silveira); (3) Coming to Our Senses: The Realities of Program Evaluation (Frauke Loewensen and Rafael Gomez); (4) Using Evaluation to Design Foreign Language Teacher Training in a Literature Program (Alessandro Zannirato and Loreto Sanchez-Serrano); (5) Developing and Implementing an Evaluation of the Foreign Language Requirement at Duke University (Ingeborg C. Walther); (6) Improving Educational Effectiveness and Promoting Internal and External Information-Sharing Through Student Learning Outcomes Assessment (Antonio Grau Sempere, M. Chris Mohn, and Roger Pieroni); (7) Study Abroad and Evaluation: Critical Changes to Enhance Linguistic and Cultural Growth (Violeta Ramsay); (8) Curriculum, Learning, and the Identity of Majors: A Case Study of Program Outcomes Evaluation (Peter C. Pfeiffer and Heidi Byrnes); and (9) College Foreign Language Program Evaluation: Current Practice, Future Directions (John McE. Davis, Castle Sinicrope, and Yukiko Watanabe). Information about the contributors is also provided.
National Foreign Language Resource Center at University of Hawaii. 1859 East-West Road #106, Honolulu, HI 96822-2322. Tel: 808-956-9851; Fax: 808-956-5983; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Hawai'i at Manoa, National Foreign Language Resource Center
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico; North Carolina