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James E. Purpura

Professional Background

Educational Background

Ph.D.    Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
(Specialization: Second Language Assessment; Second Language Education)
M.A.    French Linguistics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
B.A.    French Language and Literature, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Scholarly Interests

Second and foreign language assessment; Language Program Evaluation; Assessment of Grammatical Ability; Cognitive Dimensions of L2 Assessments

Selected Publications

Purpura, J. E. & Kunnan, A. J. (Eds.) (Contracted). The writings of L. F. Bachman: “Assuring that what we count counts” in language assessment. New York: Routledge.

Purpura, J. (2014). Cognition and language assessment. In A. J. Kunnan (Ed.), Companion to Language Assessment (pp. 1452-1476). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Purpura, J. (2014). Language learner styles and strategies. In M. Celce-Murcia, D. Brinton, & A. Snow (Eds.), Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (4th ed.) (pp. 532-549). Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning.

Purpura, J. (2013). Assessment of grammar. In A. J. Kunnan (Ed.), Companion to Language Assessment (pp. 100-124). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Purpura, J. (2013). Assessment of grammar. In C. Chapelle (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics: Assessment and Evaluation (pp. 1-10). Oxford, UK: Wiley.

Purpura, J. E. (2011). Quantitative research methods in assessment and testing. In C. Chapelle & E. Hinkel (Eds.), Validation in language assessment. Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning, Volume (pp. 731-751). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Purpura, J. E. (2009). The impact of large-scale and classroom-based language assessments on the individual. In C. Weir & L. Taylor (Eds.), Language testing matters: Investigating the wider social and educational impact of assessment – Proceedings of the ALTE Cambridge Conference, April 2008 (pp. 301-325). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Purpura, J. (2004). Assessing grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Purpura, J. (1999). Strategy use and second language test performance: A structural equation modeling approach.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.



publications

Scholarly Books

Purpura, J. E. & Turner, C. E. (Contracted). Learning-oriented assessment in language classrooms: Using assessment to gauge and promote language learning. New York: Routledge. Book was contracted in June 2012.

Purpura, J. E. & Kunnan, A. J. (Eds.) (Contracted). The writings of L. F. Bachman: “Assuring that what we count counts” in language assessment. New York: Routledge.

Purpura, J. (2004). Assessing grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Purpura, J. (1999). Strategy use and second language test performance: A structural equation modeling approach.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Scholarly Editorship
Purpura, J. E. Editor-in-Chief (2014); Co-Editor (9/2013 to12-2013); Associate Editor (1/2007 to 8/2013). Language Assessment Quarterly.

Kunnan, A. J. & Purpura, J. E. New Perspectives in Language Assessment. New York, NY: Routledge. (10-12 volumes in contract).

Norris, J., Purpura, J. E., Ross, S. & Xi, X. (Eds.). Language Assessment at ETS: Innovation and Validation. New York, NY: Routledge (Contracted June 2014).



Selected Articles & Chapters

Hanrrahan, D., Sexton, P., Hui, K., Teitcher, J, Klitzman, R. & Purpura, J. E. (Submitted to Developing World Bioethics). Linguistic and cultural challenges in translating informed consent in US-sponsored HIV prevention research in emerging economies.

Turner, C. E. & Purpura, J. E. (Accepted). Learning-oriented assessment in second and foreign language classrooms. In D. Tsagari & J. Baneerjee (Eds.), Handbook of Second Language Assessment (pp. xx-xx). Boston, MA: De Gruyter, Inc.

Purpura, J. (2014). Cognition and language assessment. In A. J. Kunnan (Ed.), Companion to Language Assessment (pp. 1452-1476). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Purpura, J. (2014). Language learner styles and strategies. In M. Celce-Murcia, D. Brinton, & A. Snow (Eds.), Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (4th ed.) (pp. 532-549). Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning.

Purpura, J. (2013). Assessment of grammar. In A. J. Kunnan (Ed.), Companion to Language Assessment (pp. 100-124). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Purpura, J. (2013). Assessment of grammar. In C. Chapelle (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics: Assessment and Evaluation (pp. 1-10). Oxford, UK: Wiley.

Purpura, J. E. (2011). Quantitative research methods in assessment and testing. In C. Chapelle & E. Hinkel (Eds.), Validation in language assessment. Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning, Volume (pp. 731-751). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Purpura, J. E. (2009). The impact of large-scale and classroom-based language assessments on the individual. In C. Weir & L. Taylor (Eds.), Language testing matters: Investigating the wider social and educational impact of assessment – Proceedings of the ALTE Cambridge Conference, April 2008 (pp. 301-325). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Purpura, J. (2008). Assessing communicative language ability: Models and components. In N.     Hornberger & E. Shohamy (Eds.) (pp. 53-68), Encyclopedia of Language and Education,     Vol 7.     Language Testing and Assessment. Kluwar Academic Publishers.

Bachman, L., & Purpura, J. E. (2008). Language Assessments: Gate-keepers or Door-openers? In     B.     Spolsky & F. M. Hult (Eds.), The Handbook of Educational Linguistics (pp. 456-468). Oxford:     Blackwell Publishing.

Purpura, J. & Graziano-King, J. (2004). Investigating the foreign language needs of professional school     students in international and public affairs: A multidimensional approach.     http://www.tc.columbia.edu/academic/tesol/Webjournal/index.html

Purpura, J. (2004). Validating Questionnaires to Examine Personal Factors in L2 Test Performance. In M.     Milanovich & C. Weir (Eds.), European Language Testing in a     Global Context.  Proceedings of     the Association of Language Testers of Europe (ALTE)     Conference in Barcelona (pp. 93-115).     Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Purpura, J., Graziano-King, J., Chang, J., Cook, K., Kim, J., Krohn, N., & Wiseman, C. (2003). An Analysis of the Foreign Language Needs of SIPA Students at Columbia University:     The SIPA Needs Assessment Project. Document submitted the Mellon Foundation via a grant from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.

Purpura, J. (1998). Investigating the effects of strategy use and second language test performance     with     high- and low-ability test takers: A structural equation modeling approach. Language Testing,     15(3), 333-379.

Purpura, J. (1998). The development and construct validation of an instrument designed to investigate the     cognitive background characteristics of test-takers. In A. J. Kunnan (Ed.), Validation in     Language Assessment (pp. 111-139). Mahwah, NY: Lawrence Erlbaum    Associates, Inc.

Purpura, J. (1997). An analysis of the relationships between test takers' cognitive and metacognitive     strategy use and second language test performance. Language Learning,     47(2), pp. 289-294.     (Won the 1997 ILTA Best Paper in Language Testing Award).


Selected ESOL Textbooks

Purpura, J. & Pinkley, D. (2000). On Target 2 (2nd Ed.). White Plains, NY: Addison Wesley     Longman, Inc.

Purpura, J. & Pinkley, D. (1999). On Target 1 (2nd Ed.). White Plains, NY: Addison Wesley     Longman, Inc.

Purpura, J. & Brenzy, P. (1992). In Charge 2. Glenview, Ill: ScottForesman

Purpura, J. & Pinkley, D. (1991). On Target 1. White Plains, NY: Addison-Wesley Longman     (Pearson Publishers).

Purpura, J. & Pinkley, D. (1990). On Target 2. White Plains, NY: Addison-Wesley Longman     (Pearson Publishers).



service and work outside nyc

SELECTED

Service to Referred Journals
9/13 to present Serve as Editor of Language Assessment Quarterly
2003 to 2013 Served first on the editorial board of Language Assessment Quarterly, then as Associate Editor and more recently as Senior Associate Editor.
1993 to present
Review articles for Language Assessment Quarterly, Language Testing, Language Learning, Applied Linguistics, TESOL Quarterly, Canadian Modern Language Review, Issues in Applied Linguistics, Scientific Studies of Reading, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
2004 to 2006 Served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Language Testing.
2003 to 2005 Served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Language Assessment Quarterly.
2001 to 2005 Served on the Editorial Advisory Board of TESOL Quarterly.
2000 & 2001 Served as referee for the small grants program offered by Language Learning.
1992 Served as Advertising Editor for Issues in Applied Linguistics, TESL/Applied Linguistics, and UCLA.

Service to Language Assessment Professional Associations
2016 
Will serve as the Program Co-Chair (with Monica Barni) of the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) sponsored by International Language Testing Association (ILTA) (Ratified by members). To be held in Palermo, Sicily.
2014 Serve as the 2014 TCCRISLs Roundtable Faculty Organizer on the topic of Learning-Oriented Assessment.
2014 to present Serve as the Co-Chair of the “TC-ETS Forum on Language Assessment” (with Tom Van Essen from ETS), a collaboration between TC and ETS on language assessment research and practice.
2005 to present Serve as “Expert Member” of European Association of Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA).
2003 to present
Serve on the steering committee of East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT).
2000 to present
Serve as conference proposal evaluator for the AAAL, LTRC, ECOLT, SLRF, & EALTA.
2009 to 2010    Served as Immediate Past President of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA).
2007 to  2008    Served as (first two year) President of the International Language Testing Association (Elected).
2007    Served as the 2007 LTRC Program Co-Chair (with Carolyn Turner) sponsored by ILTA. Held in Barcelona, Spain.
2006    T Served as Vice-President of ILTA (Elected).
1997 to 2000 Served as coordinator of publishers' exhibit at the LTRC Vancouver (2000) (in collaboration with Jee Wha Kim & Matthew Wagner), LTRC Monterey (1998) & LTRC Orlando (1997).
2001 to 2003 Served as member-at-large on the Executive Board of ILTA (Elected).
2000 to 2003    Served as chair of the ILTA committee to select the Best Article of the Year in Language Testing.
2002    Served as member of the ILTA nominating committee (Elected).
1998 to 1999 Served as member and then chair of the nominating committee of the ILTA (Elected).
1997    Served as Associate Conference Chair for the LTRC, Orlando, FL.
1995    Served as Associate Local Chair for the LTRC, Long Beach, CA.




Selected Professional Experience Beyond Columbia University
Summer  2015
Distinguished Visiting Professor, The American University of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt. Teaching A learning-oriented approach to language assessment in classrooms and large-scale assessments and Examining the role of technology in promoting engagement and L2 processing in learning-oriented assessments.
Summer  2014 Invited Professor, University for Foreigners in Siena, Italy. Teaching language assessment in the Summer Institute of the European Association of Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA).
Summer 2012, 2013, & 2014  Invited Professor, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. Taught SLA, intro to language assessment, advanced principles of language test development & learning-oriented assessment.
2009, 2010, & 2014 Invited Professor, Applied Linguistics Program, Hellenic-American University, Athens, Greece. Ph.D. Program consultant. Taught L2 Assessment, Advanced L2 Assessment, & Performance Assessment.
Spring 2012 Invited Professor, A learning orientation to classroom-based assessments of grammar and meaning. (Distinguished Lecture Series, Temple University, Tokyo & Osaka).
Summer 2011 & 2007 Invited Professor, Department of English & German Philology, University of Barcelona, Spain. Taught Test Design and Development.
 
Summer 98 Invited Professor, ESADE Idiomas, Spain. Taught Introduction L2 Assessment for Spanish & Catalan Schoolteachers.


professional presentations

Purpura (2014). A learning-oriented assessment approach to L2 assessment in scenario-based assessments. Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) Meeting in in London. (Keynote Speaker).


Purpura (2014). A workshop on measuring pragmatics. Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) Meeting in London. (Invited workshop leader).


Purpura, J. E., Liu, H., Tsuwagawa, F., & Woodson, S. (2014). Tacking the development of learning outcomes in a learning-oriented approach to classroom-based language assessment. Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC). Amsterdam.


Purpura, J. E. (2013). Approaches to validating measures for L2 research.  Georgetown University Language Learning Roundtable: Improving the quantitative reasoning in second language research. (Invited plenary).


Purpura, J. E. (2013). The explanation claim. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Symposium on "Validation Theory in Language Assessment", University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. (Also: Symposium Organizer).


Lindhardsen, V. & Purpura, J. E. (2013). The evaluation claim. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Symposium on "Validation Theory in Language Assessment",, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.


Purpura, J, E., & Grabowski, K. (2013 accepted). Advanced workshop on language test development. Institute on Language Assessment, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy.


Turner, C. E., & Purpura, J. (2013). A proposed model of leaning-oriented assessment (Paper). ILTA/AAAL Joint Symposium on the topic of "Learning-oriented assessment in classrooms: A place where SLA, interaction, and language assessment interface" (Organized by J. Purpura, C. Turner, & N. Saville).


Purpura, J. E., & Turner, C. E. (2013). Learning-oriented assessment (LOA) in classrooms: A place where SLA, interaction, and language assessment interface (Paper). ILTA/AAAL Joint Symposium on the topic of "Learning-oriented assessment in classrooms: A place where SLA, interaction, and language assessment interface" (Organized by J. Purpura, C. Turner, & N. Saville).


Purpura, J, E. (2013). Rethinking the Community English Program at TC: The role of assessment. Teacher College, Columbia University.


Purpura, J. E. (2012). Understanding and implementing learning-oriented language assessments in English language learner classrooms. (Workshop for ELL teachers). The College of New Jersey.  


Purpura, J, E. (2012). Rethinking the Community English Program at TC-Making it better. Teacher College, Columbia University.


Purpura, J. E., Morgan, S., & Woodson, S. (2012). A survey of current language assessment needs in the Italian higher education context. (Paper). EALTA, Salzburg. 


Purpura, J, E., & Kunnan, A. J. (2012). An introduction to language assessment. (Workshop). Institute on Language Assessment, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. 


Purpura, J, Morgan, S., & Woodson, S. (2012). A survey of current language assessment needs in the Italian higher education context. (Paper). Symposium on Language Assessment in the Italian Context, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. 


Purpura, J. E. (2012). Making classroom-based language assessments learning oriented. (Lecture). University of Perugia. Italy.  


Purpura, J. E. (2012). A learning orientation to classroom-based language assessments. (Lecture). National Institute of Testing and Evaluation. Jerusalem, Israel. 


Purpura, J. E. (2012). Assessing meaning in task-based language assessments. (Plenary). Academic Committee for Research on Language Testing (ACROLT). Tel Aviv, Israel.  


Purpura, J. E. (2012). What is the role of strategic competence in a processing account of L2 learning or use? (Paper). ILTA/AAAL Joint Symposium on the topic of "Determinants of language proficiency," Organized by J. Hulstijn, R. Schoonen, & S. Andringa.


Purpura, J. E. (2011). A processing approach to learning-oriented, classroom-based assessment. 17th Annual Conference of the National Association of Foreign Language Education, The Chinese Society of Education. (Keynote Speaker).


Purpura, J. E. (2011). Assessing meaning in language assessments. Hangzhao, China (Invited Speaker). 


Purpura, J. E. (2011). The socio-cognitive underpinnings of learning-oriented assessment. Hangzhao, China (Invited Speaker). 


Purpura, J. E. (2011). A comparative analysis of the fundamental resources of communicative effectiveness in the ACTFL/ILR and CEFR frameworks. ACTFL-CEFR Conference, Provo, Utah. (Keynote Speaker).


Purpura, J. E. (2011). A learning orientation to classroom-based language assessment. The American Language Program, Columbia University (Invited Speaker).


Purpura, J. E. (2011). Learning-oriented language assessments in classroom contexts. NY State TESOL Applied Linguistics Winter Conference (Keynote Speaker).


Purpura, J. E. (2011). Making classroom-based language assessments learning-oriented. Temple University (Invited Speaker).


Purpura, J. E. (2010). Assessing meaning in language assessments. Conference on standardized language testing in teaching and research (University of Modena & Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy) (Keynote Speaker).


Purpura, J. E.  (2010). Assessing meaning in task-based language assessments. Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) (Invited Speaker in a symposium on task-based language assessment).


Purpura, J. E.  (2010). The socio-cognitive underpinnings of learning-oriented assessment. East Coast Association of Language Testers (ECOLT) (Keynote Speaker).


Purpura, J. E. (2010). Assessing grammar for learning. East Coast Association of Language Testers (ECOLT) (Pre-Conference Workshop).


Purpura, J. Ameriks, Y., Dakin, J. W., & Grabowski, K. (2010). Investigating the grammatical domains of meaning conveyance in language assessments and language assessment frameworks. Symposium: Language Testing Research Colloquium, Cambridge, UK. (Symposium Organizer). 


Purpura, J. E. (2010). Overview of issues in measuring grammatical and pragmatic knowledge. LTRC, Cambridge, UK (Paper).


Purpura, J. E., & Dakin, J. W. (2010). How do we define grammatical knowledge in terms of form and meaning dimensions at six different CEFR proficiency levels: LTRC, Cambridge, UK. (Paper).


Purpura, J. E., Ameriks, Y., Dakin, J. W., & Grabowski, K. (2010). What is the nature of grammatical knowledge in the CEFR proficiency scales?. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Atlanta.


Purpura, J. E., Ameriks, Y., Dakin, J. W., & Grabowski, K. (2010). Measuring pragmatic knowledge at multiple proficiency levels. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Atlanta.


Purpura (2010). A learning-oriented approach to assessing grammar in classroom contexts. The Joint TESOL/ILTA Session to be held at TESOL International, Boston (Invited speaker).


Purpura (2009). A workshop on assessing grammar in classroom contexts. Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) Meeting in Maynooth, Ireland. (Invited workshop leader).


Purpura, J. Grabowski, K, Dakin, J.W., di Gennaro, K., & Ameriks, Y. (2009). What is the nature of grammatical knowledge in the Common European Framework of Reference Proficiency Scales? ECOLT, Washington, DC., 2009. 


Purpura, J. (2009). A learning-oriented approach to assessing grammar in classroom contexts. International Language Assessment Conference (Armenia). (Keynote Speaker).


Purpura, J. (2009).  Assessing grammar Workshop. International Language Assessment Conference (Armenia). (Workshop leader).


Purpura, J. E. (2009).  A workshop on learning-oriented approach to assessing grammar in classroom contexts (2 days). Duke University Foreign Language Department (Invited workshop leader).


Purpura, J. E. (2008). The impact of language assessment on the individual, Association of Language Testers of Europe  (ALTE) 3rd International Conference, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK (Keynote Speaker).


Purpura, J. E. (2007). Conceptualizing and measuring meaning in SLA Research, Second Language Research Forum (SLRF), University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, USA (Keynote Speaker).


Purpura, J. E. & Turner, C. (2007). Exploring diverse methodologies and conceptualizations in language testing research. Language Testing Research Colloquium, Barcelona, Spain.


Purpura, J. E. (2006). Colloquium organizer: Assessing L2 grammar and pragmatics. My paper: Re-examining the measurement of grammatical and pragmatic knowledge. East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT). Washington, DC.


Purpura, J. E. (2006). Comparing dichotomous and polytomous scoring methods on multiple-choice and gap-fill grammar tasks. Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC). Melbourne, AU.


DeKeyser, R. & Purpura, J. E. Co-chairs of the LTRC/AAAL Colloquium at AAAL (2006): "Towards theoretically meaningful L2 assessments for SLA research." My presentation: "Issues and challenges in measuring SLA." Montreal, Canada.


Purpura, J. E. (2005). Re-examining grammar assessment in multiple choice response format exams. Association of Language Testers of Europe Conference, Berlin, Germany.


Purpura, J. (2005). Assessing grammar. Southern California Association of Language Assessment Research (SCALAR) (Workshop).


Purpura, J. E. (2005). Issues in assessing grammar. Southern California Association of Language Assessment Research (SCALAR) (Keynote speaker).


Purpura, J. E. (2005). Implementing learning-oriented grammar assessment in the classroom: Challenges and new directions. Asociaci de Profesors d'Angls de Calalunya (APAC). (Invited speaker). 


Purpura, J. E. (2005). Learner-oriented grammar assessment in the classroom. Department of Education of Catalonia. Barcelona, Spain.


Purpura, J. E. (2005). Re-examining grammar assessment in multiple choice response format exams. Department of Education of Catalonia. Barcelona, Spain.


Purpura, J. E. (2005). Challenges and new directions in grammar assessment. University of Leuven, Center for Language and Migration, Leuven, Belgium. 


Purpura, J. E. (2005). Re-examining grammar assessment in multiple choice response format exams. University of Leuven, Center for Language and Migration, Leuven, Belgium. 


Purpura, J. E. (2005). Re-examining grammar assessment in the multiple choice response format exams: The case of the ECPE. University of Michigan English Language Institute, Ann Arbor.


Purpura, J. E. (2005). Challenges and new directions in grammar assessment. University of Michigan English Language Institute, Ann Arbor.


Purpura, J. E. (2004). Implementing learning-oriented assessment of grammar: Challenges & New Directions. Association of Language Testers in Europe, Bilbao, Spain (Keynote speaker).


Purpura, J. E. (2004). Generating accountability questions in the validation of language tests. Association of Language Testers in Europe, Bilbao, Spain (3-hour workshop).


Purpura, J. E. (2004). Challenges and new directions in assessing grammatical ability. University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, Test Validation Unit. 


Purpura, J. E. (2004). Challenges and new directions in assessing grammatical ability. Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece (Keynote speaker). 


Purpura, J. E. (2004). Implementing learning-oriented assessment of grammar: Challenges & New Directions. Testing Institute at Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey (3-day workshop-sponsored by the US State Dept.).


Purpura, J. E. (2004). New considerations and directions in learning-oriented assessment of grammar. Hacettepe University, Ankara, & Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey (Plenary).


Purpura, J. E. (2004). New considerations and directions in learning-oriented assessment of grammar. Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey (Keynote speaker).


Purpura, J. E. (2004). New considerations and directions in learning-oriented assessment of grammar. Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (2-day workshop).


Purpura, J. E. (2004). Rethinking the foundations of grammar assessment: Challenges and new directions. INGED International Conference at the Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey (Plenary). 


Kim, H., Kim, J. W., Liao, A., Park, T., Purpura, J. E., Regan, M., & Wagner, E. (2004). The design, development, and validation of a placement test for the Community English Program at Teachers College, Columbia University (Poster). LTRC (Temecula, CA).

Purpura, J. E. (2004). New considerations in classroom assessment: How can grammar and oral skills assessment be designed to support learning (Invited Speaker). American International Education Foundation Conference. Taiwan.


Purpura, J. E. (2003). Accountability for those who do the counting CUNY ESL Council and the Professional Staff Congress of the City University of New York (NYC). (Featured speaker)


Purpura, J. E. (2003). Investigating the foreign language needs of professional school students (Colloquium organizer) Opening paper: Providing a theoretical framework for assessing foreign language needs. AAAL (Alexandria, VA) (Paper)


Purpura, J. E. (2003). Teaching grammar in foreign language classrooms: What's the latest? (GSAS, Columbia University) (Workshop).


Purpura, J. E. (2002). Validating questionnaires to examine personal factors in second language test performance (Keynote speaker). Current Trends in English Language Testing Conference, Dubai. (Paper).


Purpura, J. E. (2002). An overview of language testing for Spanish teaching assistants (Spanish Department, Columbia, University). (Workshop).


Purpura, J. E., & Saville, N. (2001). Validating questionnaires to examine non-linguistic factors in L2 test performance. Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) (Barcelona). (Paper).


Purpura, J. E.& Saville, N. (2001). Developing a computerized system for investigating non-linguistic factors in second language learning and test performance. AAAL & LTRC (St. Louis). (Paper).


Purpura, J. E., Graziano-King, J., Chang, J., Cook, K., Johnson, R., Kim, J. Krohn, N. Wiseman, C. (2001). Investigating the foreign language needs of students in an academic setting. New York State TESOL Conference, Rye, NY. (Paper).


Purpura, J. E. (2000). Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Second Language Strategy Research (Colloquium Organizer); Quantitative Approaches to L2 Strategy Research. TESOL International (Vancouver). (Paper).


Purpura, J. E. (1999). Applied Research in Language Testing: Improving Teaching and Curriculum (Discussion co-leader). TESOL International (NYC). 


Purpura, J. E. (1998). Assessing the standards: A framework for analysis. New York State TESOL, NYC Regional Conference (New York University). (Paper).


Purpura, J. E. (1998). Using EQS to investigate structural models in language assessment theory (a full-day pre-conference computer workshop for language testing professionals). Language Testing Research Colloquium (Monterey). (Workshop).


Purpura, J. (1998). Modeling the cross-cultural effects of strategy use on performance: A structural equation modeling approach. The American Association for Applied Linguistics (Seattle). (Paper).


Purpura, J. E. (1997). Assessing discussion skills: A multi-dimensional approach. United States Information Agency (USIA). (Workshop in Sao Paolo, Salvador & Vittoria, Brazil).


Purpura, J. E. (1997). Assessing discussion skills: A multi-dimensional approach. Linguistic Society of America (Cornell University). (Paper).


Purpura, J. E. (1997). Examining test taker characteristics and L2 test performance using a multiple-group structural equation modeling approach (Colloquium Co-organizer); An investigation into the effects of strategies on L2 test performance with high and low-ability test takers: A structural equation modeling approach (Paper). Language Testing Research Colloquium (Orlando). 


Purpura, J. E. (1996). Fundamental principals in designing theme-based language tests (Plenary); Investigating the relationships between test-taking strategies and performance (paper). TESOL Russia (Moscow State University).


Purpura, J. E. (1996). What is the relationship between Turkish students' learning strategies and their performance on language tests? (Invited speaker). Kara Harp Okulu International Conference (Ankara).


Purpura, J. E. (1996). Investigating the relationships between test taker strategy use and performance on language tests through structural equation modeling. The American Association for Applied Linguistics and TESOL International (Chicago). (Paper).


Purpura, J. E. (1995). Evaluating language performance in Spanish schools according to La Reforma (Paper); Utilizing audiotaped simulations to teach and test discussion skills (Paper); Assessing test usefulness in content-based language tests (Paper). (Invited speaker). TESOL Spain (Barcelona).


Purpura, J. E. (1995). Validating questionnaires designed to measure test takers' selected cognitive background characteristics. The Language Testing Research Colloquium and TESOL International (Long Beach). (Paper).


Purpura, J. E. (1994). Teaching and testing discussion skills (Plenary) & Fundamental considerations in the design of content-based language tests (Plenary). Turkish TESOL (Ankara). These talks also given in Izmir, Adana, Kayseri, & Istanbul (Turkey); & in Prague and Liberac (The Czech Republic). 


Purpura, J. E. (1994). Program management issues in EFL institutions (Discussion leader). TESOL International (Baltimore). 


Bachman, L., Cushing, S., & Purpura, J. E. (1993). Designing a research questionnaire to explore test taker characteristics. TESOL International (Atlanta). (Paper).


Purpura, J. E. (1993). EFL Textbook writing: selection, grading, continuity (Discussant). TESOL International (Atlanta). 


Purpura, J. E. (1993): The role of learner strategies in EFL testing & training. Thai TESOL (Bangkok). (Paper).


Purpura, J. E. (1993). The role of learner strategies in foreign language acquisition & testing. (Invited Speaker). Talks organized by Dunya International & Turkish TESOL (Istanbul, Ankara & Izmir). (Paper).


Purpura, J. E. (1992). Designing communicative tests of achievement. ACHNA Binational Center (Madrid). (Workshop).


Purpura, J. E. (1992). Incorporating language learning strategy training in the classroom (Workshop); Teaching listening (workshop). Talks organized by ScottForesman, Inc. (Barcelona, Madrid & Granada). 


Purpura, J. E. (1991). Designing & developing interactive materials to teach pronunciation. TESOL International (NYC). (Paper).


Purpura, J. E., & Rice, A. (1991). (Pre-Conference Co-organizer). Creativity in materials design. TESOL International (NYC). (Paper).


Purpura, J. E. (1990). Teaching pronunciation through communication (Workshop); Developing interactive pronunciation activities (Workshop). The Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). 


service to the college and university

A&HL 4088: Second language assessment

Prerequisite: A&HL 4087 or permission of instructor. Priority given to M.A. Applied Linguistics/TESOL students in their last semester. Introduction to language assessment practices including test design, construction, scoring, analysis and reporting; introduction to measurement concepts and basic statistics; and use of SPSS. Special fee: $15.

A&HL 4907: Research and independent study: Applied linguistics

Permission of instructor required. Research under the direction of a faculty member. Students work individually or with others. Course may be taken more than once.

A&HL 5207: Fieldwork in TESOL

Permission of instructor required. Required field observation for students in the K-12 certification track. Course may be taken more than once. Special Fee: $15 

A&HL 5512: Historical perspectives on language testing research

This course examines the major issues and debates in language testing research since the 1960s. It explores controversies related to the nature of language ability, test authenticity, test score generalizability, performance assessment, and test validation. It also involves discussion of problems and future directions of language testing. Special fee $15.

A&HL 5519: Instructed second language acquisition and assessment

Prerequisite: A&HL 4088. Examines how teaching, learning and assessment of grammar have been conceptualized, researched and explained in recent decades. Explores differing conceptualizations of language ability as a basis for teaching grammar under different conditions and as a basis for measuring and explaining grammatical acquisition. Special fee: $15.

A&HL 5575: Research literacy in applied linguistics and TESOL

Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods with discussion of major research paradigms (experimental, ethnographic, introspective, questionnaire, etc.) and critical review of professional literature in applied linguistics and TESOL. Special fee: $15.

A&HL 6000: Second language test validation

This course addresses the notion of validity and the process of validation in second language (L2) assessment. More specifically, it focuses on conceptual issues related to the establishment of internal and external validity in L2 assessments and other measuring instruments (e.g., questionnaires). The course aims not only to introduce students to the range of multivariate analytical methods (i.e., factor analysis and structural equation modeling) for answering complex questions but also to introduce students to how these analyses would be carried out so that claims of validity can be established and justified empirically. Finally, this course introduces students to data analysis using SPSS and EQS.

A&HL 6040: Classroom-based language assessment

This course explores the major issues and debates that have ensued both in the field of second and foreign language classroom-based assessment and in mainstream classroom assessment. Focus will be placed on classroom-based language assessment research and practice in the context of processing. Special fee: $15.

 

A&HL 6089: Second language performance assessment

This course focuses on the application of Many-Facet Rasch Measurement (MFRM) to the examination of questions in applied linguistics related to second language (L2) performance assessment. In addition to examining how performance assessments have been conceptualized and investigated in applied linguistics research, students will have multiple opportunities to perform analyses of L2 performance data using MFRM. Students will learn to use Winsteps and Facets for these analyses. Special fee: $15.

A&HL 6207: Advanced fieldwork in applied linguistics and TESOL

Permission of instructor required. Opportunity for qualified students, individually or in small groups, to develop and pursue projects, in consultation with an advisor, in schools, communities, and other field settings. Course may be taken more than once. Special fee: $15.

A&HL 6407: Internship in applied linguistics and TESOL

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