Practical Program Evaluation for Language Teachers

June 28–July 16, 2021
Asynchronous* 3-week online summer institute

CARLA is pleased to offer a $100 discount to K-12 school/district supervisors of language programs and/or NADSFL members. Get your discount code today!


This summer institute is co–sponsored by the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center.

Evaluation is critical to understanding the outcomes of K-12 language programs. In conducting evaluation, it is important to take a comprehensive approach that considers the needs of learners and teachers, the requirements and capacities of administrators, parents and other stakeholders, the values of the discipline and the contributions of the program to the local, national and general society. However, recent research at the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center shows that K-12 language program evaluation is frequently misunderstood and infrequently implemented. Thus, this online institute provides teachers, administrators, faculty in teacher preparation programs and other stakeholders a theoretical and practical approach to language program evaluation in the K-12 context.

The course will use both scenario-based and actual participant contexts to explore the concepts we discuss and to identify areas of potential success and challenge for implementation. During the course, participants will first define program evaluation for their own contexts. Next, they will learn to design a program evaluation for their own macro or micro contexts by setting goals, determining outcomes and defining the instruments needed to conduct the evaluation. Participants will also utilize and adapt existing instruments or develop new instruments for their context. Finally, participants will learn how to best communicate, apply and implement evaluation results to a variety of contexts.

Program Schedule
Week 1
  • Orientation
  • Definitions of Evaluation
  • Needs Assessment of Individual Contexts
  • Defining Language in Language Program Evaluation
Week 2
  • Defining Macro and Micro Concepts
  • Identifying Stakeholders
  • Confirming Goals and Outcomes
  • Defining Instruments
  • Modifying Existing Instruments
Week 3
  • Developing New Instruments
  • Implementing Evaluation
  • Establishing Timelines
  • Developing Final Reports
  • Communicating Results
  • Implementing Results

After this institute, you will be able to:

  • Expand your professional network;

  • Understand the differences between assessment and evaluation;

  • Conduct a needs assessment;

  • Contextualize evaluation within your own school, program, district or state; and

  • Develop a plan for program evaluation and its implementation.


Meg Malone

Malik Stevenson

Margaret Malone (Ph.D., Georgetown University) is the Research Professor and Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center as well as the Director of the Center for Assessment, Research and Development at ACTFL. She has conducted numerous program evaluations and is directing an AELRC study to examine the current uses of evaluation in K-12 language programs.

Malik Stevenson holds an MA in TESOL from Notre Dame of Maryland University. He has taught Spanish at the elementary level as well as English as a Second Language at both the elementary and secondary level for DC Public Schools. His research interests include second language acquisition, language teaching, and program evaluation.

Target Audience
This institute is designed for​ ​K-12 World Language, Dual Language Immersion, and ESL educators who​ ​need to develop ​language ​program evaluations, as well as postsecondary faculty who prepare students for this work.


  • This institute is primarily asynchronous (not real time). For the most part, you will work on activities according to your own schedule during the week.
  • This institute includes several required check-in/discussion synchronous sessions: Tuesdays and Fridays 8:30-9:30 a.m. (Central Time).
  • Make sure you can meet the tech requirements for this institute.


Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC)
Statement on Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment and evaluation are key elements in a comprehensive approach to education that is accountable to the needs of learners, the values of scholarly disciplines, and the well-being of society. Assessment and evaluation also provide essential mechanisms for understanding, improving, and demonstrating the worth of foreign language education. AELRC aims to provide leadership, scholarship, and outreach in the practices of FL assessment and program evaluation to foreign language teachers, program administrators, and researchers in diverse educational settings.

Sponsorship Statement: This summer institute is generously co-sponsored and co-staffed by the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC). AELRC is based at Georgetown University. Partners are the Center for Applied Linguistics and ACTFL.


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