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Kirby Cook Grabowski

Professional Background

Educational Background

A.B. in French, Dartmouth College; M.A. in TESOL, Teachers College, Columbia University; Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics, Teachers College, Columbia University

Scholarly Interests

Second and foreign language assessment; Assessment of pragmatic knowledge; Discourse analysis; Language program evaluation

Selected Publications


Grabowski, K., & Dakin, J. (2014). Training test developers. In A. Kunnan (Ed.), Companion to Language Assessment. Wiley-Blackwell.


Grabowski, K. (2013). Investigating the construct validity of a role-play test designed to measure grammatical and pragmatic knowledge at multiple proficiency levels. In S. Ross & G. Kasper (Eds.), Assessing second language pragmatics. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.


Kunnan, A., & Grabowski, K. (2013). Large-scale second language assessment. In M. Celce-Murcia, D. M. Brinton, & M. A. Snow (Eds.), Teaching English as a second or foreign language (4th ed., pp. 304-319). Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning.


Grabowski, K. (2009). Investigating the construct validity of a test designed to measure grammatical and pragmatic knowledge in the context of speaking. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.


Purpura, J. Ameriks, Y., Dakin, J. W. & Grabowski, K. (2009). The Oxford Online Placement Test Design. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


Grabowski, K. (Ed.) (2009). Reflections on Motherhood and Earning a Doctorate: Yes, You Can Have it All (Just Add a Dash of Superwoman). Working Papers in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, 9(1). Available from,


Grabowski, K. (2008). Investigating the Construct Validity of a Performance Test Designed to Measure Grammatical and Pragmatic Knowledge. Spaan Fellow Working Papers in Second or Foreign Language Assessment, 6. Available from,


Grabowski, K. (2008). Measuring pragmatic knowledge: Issues of construct underrepresentation or labeling? Language Assessment Quarterly, 5, 154-159.


Grabowski, K. (2007). Reconsidering the measurement of pragmatic knowledge using a reciprocal task format. Working Papers in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, 7(1). Available from,


Purpura, J., Grabowski, K., Kim, H., Kim, J., McCormack, M., Regan, M., & Wagner, M. (2003). In Charge: Achievement Tests 1, Advanced. White Plains, NY: Longman.

Purpura, J., Grabowski, K., Kim, H., Kim, J., McCormack, M., Regan, M., & Wagner, M. (2003). In Charge: Achievement Tests 2, Advanced. White Plains, NY: Longman.


Purpura, J., Graziano-King, J., Chang, J., Cook, K., Kim, J. W., Krohn, N., & Wiseman, C. (2003). An analysis of foreign language needs of SIPA students at Columbia University: The SIPA needs assessment project. Technical Report submitted to the Mellon Foundation via a grant from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.


Cook, K. (2001). Review of Tim McNamara’s “Language Testing”.  Issues in Applied Linguistics, 12, 127-130.


Cook, K. (2001). A study of the factors influencing the interaction between first and second language  phonology. Available from,




Grabowski, K. (In preparation). Assessing pragmatics. In J. Banarjee & D. Tsagari (Eds.), Handbook of Second Language Assessment. New York: Mouton De Gruyter.


Purpura, J., & Grabowski, K. (In preparation). What is the nature of grammatical knowledge at each of six CEFR proficiency levels targeted in the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) when dichotomous and polytomous scoring models are used? Special Issue in Language Assessment Quarterly on the Assessment of Grammatical Ability (Proposal accepted).


Grabowski, K. (In preparation). Examining the dimensions of grammatical form, grammatical meaning, and pragmatic meaning at three levels of ability in a role-play speaking test. Special Issue in Language Assessment Quarterly on the Assessment of Grammatical Ability (Proposal accepted).

professional presentations

service and work outside nyc


International Language Testing Association (ILTA) Nominating Committee




Editorial Advisory Board, Language Assessment Quarterly, published by Lawrence Erlbaum. (Editor: Antony Kunnan)



External Reviewer, Language Learning, published by Wiley-Blackwell (Editor: Lourdes Ortega)


2007 to present

Serve as conference proposal evaluator for the AAAL, LTRC, & ECOLT.


honors and awards


Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award for outstanding doctoral dissertation in second/foreign language testing, Educational Testing Service



Research Fellow, Office of Policy and Research, Teachers College, Columbia University



Spaan Fellow, English Language Institute, University of Michigan



François Denoeu Prize, Outstanding Accomplishment, French Language and Literature, Dartmouth College


service to the college and university

2009 to present

Serve on various committees and task forces at Teachers College: doctoral qualifying papers, new course approvals, TESOL M.A. exit exam, Community English Program, and others.


2009 to present

Participate in the revision of the M.A. curricula in the Applied Linguistics and TESOL Programs.



Served on search committee for Teachers College, TESOL Certificate Program Director


2009 to present

TESOL M.A. Literature Review (exit exam) faculty coordinator for both New York and Tokyo programs.

custom course list

A&HL 4001: Sociolinguistics and education

This course looks at language variation based on social class, race, ethnicity, age, and gender; cross-cultural pragmatics, interactional sociolinguistics, code-switching, language planning, and World Englishes. Pedagogical implications. Special fee: $15.


A&HL 4085: Pedagogical English grammar

A systematic, in-depth examination of English grammar with particular reference to the teaching and learning of grammar. Special fee: $15.

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 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 6060: Generalizability theory for second language assessment research

This course introduces students to an overview of generalizability (G) theory and its application in the context of second language (L2) assessment. The goals of this course are to provide the theoretical basis for G-theory in order for students to become well-informed consumers of research in this area and to provide students with the tools necessary to design empirical studies using G-theory analyses in L2 assessment contexts. 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.

Centers and Projects

Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics