Toward useful program evaluation in college foreign language education

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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.

Contents

Foreword: Introduction to the Volume
John M. Norris
1 Identifying and Responding to Evaluation Needs in College Foreign
Language Programs
Yukiko Watanabe, John M. Norris, & Marta González-Lloret
2 The Role of Evaluation in Curriculum Development and Growth of
the UNM Portuguese Program
Margo Milleret & Agripino S. Silveira
3 Coming to Our Senses: The Realities of Program Evaluation
Frauke Loewensen & Rafael Gómez
4 Using Evaluation to Design Foreign Language Teacher Training in
a Literature Program
Alessandro Zannirato & Loreto Sánchez-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, & 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 & Heidi Byrnes
9 College Foreign Language Program Evaluation: Current Practice,
Future Directions
John McE. Davis, Castle Sinicrope, & Yukiko Watanabe
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