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Teachers College, Columbia University
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James E. Purpura

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., Marietta College; M.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Scholarly Interests

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

Selected Publications

Assessing Grammar (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Strategy Use and Second Language Test Performance (Cambridge University Press).

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 of Barcelona. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

An analysis of the relationships between test takers' cognitive and metacognitive strategy use and second language test performance" (Language Learning).

The development and construct validation of an instrument designed to investigate the cognitive background characteristics of test takers (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates).

"A Review of Bialystok's Communication Strategies" (Issues in Applied Linguistics).



publications

service and work outside nyc

Service to Refereed Journals

2005 to 2008    Serve as the Associate Editor of Language Assessment Quarterly published by Lawrence Erlbaum Inc. (Editor: Antony Kunnan)


Service to International Language Testing Association (ILTA), European Association of Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) and East Coast Organization of Language Testers

2007-2008    Serve as President of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA).

2005 to pres.    Serve as “Expert Member” of European Association of Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA).

2003 to pres.    Serve on the steering committee of East Cost Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT).


professional presentations

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

Purpura, J. (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. (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. 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. (2005). Re-examining grammar assessment in multiple choice response format exams. Berlin, Germany.

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

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

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

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

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

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

service to the college and university

Present.
    • Serve as Coordinator of the TESOL and Applied Linguistics programs

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.

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 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.

A&HL 5501: Research paper: Applied linguistics

A&HL 5512: Advanced 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.

A&HL 5517: Advanced topics in language assessment

Course is designed to explore current issues in language assessment research from theoretical and methodological perspectives. This course examines the application of technical issues such as reliability, validation, generalizability theory, item-response theory, or program evaluation to the analysis and use of language assessment data. Specific topics vary. This course may be repeated for credit with change of topic.

A&HL 5519: Instructed second language acquisition and assessment

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.

A&HL 6000: Second Language Test Validation

Pre- or co-requisites: A&HL 4088; HUDM 4122; Recommended: HUDM 5122. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the notion of validity and the process of validation in language assessment. It also aims to introduce students to a range of multivariate data analysis procedures (e.g., exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factory analysis, and the full latent variable model analysis) for asking and answering questions related to complex language problems.

A&HL 6040: Classroom-Based Language Assessment

Pre- or co-requisites: A&HL 4088; A&HL 4087. This seminar 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 places on classroom-based language assessment research and practice in the context of processing.

A&HL 6089: Second Language Performance Assessment

Pre- or co-requisites: A&HL 4088; HUDM 4122. Recommended: HUDM 5122. This seminar first examines the roots of language performance assessments from Carroll to the present. Then, it explores several potential sources of variation in performance data and discusses how these facets can be modeled. The primary focus of the class will be on the applications of Many-Facet Rasch Measurement (MTFM) to the examination of questions in language performance assessment and in other areas of applied linguistics.

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.

A&HL 6407: Internship:Applied linguistics/TESOL

A&HL 6501: Doctoral seminar: Applied linguistics

Doctoral seminar in applied linguistics

A&HL 6901: Rsch & Ind Stdy:App Linguistcs

A&HL 6905: Research & Indp Study: TESOL

A&HL 6907: Rsch/Indp St-Appl Ling/TESOL

A&HL 7501: Dissertation seminar in applied linguistics

Dissertation seminar in applied linguistics

A&HL 8901: Dissertation advisement in applied linguistics

Dissertation advisement in applied linguistics