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Dr. John M. Norris is a graduate faculty member in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i. His research and teaching focus on program evaluation, assessment, and pedagogy in foreign language and adult education settings.

John has taught language and applied linguistics, and consulted on assessment and evaluation projects, in Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Spain, and across the U.S., and his research has appeared in journals such as Language Learning, Language Testing, Language Learning & Technology, Foreign Language Annals, The Modern Language Journal, and Die Unterrichtspraxis, as well as in a variety of book chapters. His book publications include two co-authored volumes on language performance assessment from the University of Hawai‘i Press, a co-edited book entitled Synthesizing research on language learning and teaching with John Benjamins Press, and a single author book entitled Validity evaluation in language assessment with Peter Lang Publishers. Currently, at the University of Hawai‘i, he is principal investigator for a three-year project (funded by the U.S. Department of Education) that seeks to help college foreign language educators engage in useful program evaluation practices.

John’s involvement with the college FL community spans many years, from his B.A. in Modern Languages to his three years as a visiting researcher with the Georgetown University German Department. He has also worked extensively in the area of student learning outcomes assessment in higher education, both as the Assessment Specialist for Northern Arizona University and more recently as an assessment advisor to the University of Hawai‘i.

Picture of Yukiko Watanabe Yukiko Watanabe is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, where she also received her MA and Advanced Graduate Certificate. Grounded in participatory and utilization-focused approaches to program evaluation, her work has ranged from evaluations in private high schools in Japan to the evaluation of the first conference of the Hawai‘i-Pacific Evaluation Association. She has also worked since 2005 on the Foreign Language Program Evaluation Project at UH. She has extensive experience in qualitative (focus groups and interviews) and quantitative data collection (especially surveys) and analysis.
Summer institute logo Program evaluation mentors, comprised of faculty and graduate students from the University of Hawai‘i, will be on hand to work one-on-one with summer institute participants on their program-specific evaluation needs. These mentors, all trained in the theory and practice of program evaluation and assessment, have been selected based on their experiences as developers and users of evaluations in language education contexts.
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Program evaluation experts will join the participants during the summer institute to share some of their experiences and practical recommendations. These experts include both local and international program evaluators, all of whom have worked extensively on evaluation in language education programs


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