Grabowski, Kirby C. (kjc33)

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Grabowski, Kirby
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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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



2011

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

 

2007-2008

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


2007

Spaan Fellow, English Language Institute, University of Michigan


1998

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



PLENARIES

 

Grabowski, K. (June, 2016). Is conversation analysis really the answer in L2 pragmatics assessment research? (Plenary). Language Testing Research Colloquium, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy.


Grabowski, K. (May, 2013). Reconceptualizing the assessment of grammatical and pragmatic knowledge at multiple proficiency levels. (Plenary). Southern California Conference for Language Assessment Research, Fullerton, CA.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS


Grabowski, K. (April, 2017). Reconceptualizing grammar assessment for the language classroom. (Workshop). Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

 

Grabowski, K. (March, 2016). Is conversation analysis really the answer in pragmatics assessment research? (Paper). Georgetown University Roundtable, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.


Grabowski, K. (March, 2016). Generalizability Considerations and the Interactionalist Approach to Construct Definition in L2 Pragmatics Assessment: Examining the Trade-Offs. (Paper). TC/ETS Forum on Teaching, Learning, and Assessment of English Language Learners, Teachers College, Columbia University.


Grabowski, K. (July, 2015). Language assessment literacy for teachers. (Workshop). The College of New Jersey 2015 ESL Summer Academy, The College of New Jersey, Ewing Township, NJ.

 

Grabowski, K. (June, 2014). Describing pragmatic performance at a range of ability levels on a role-play speaking test. (Paper). Language Testing Research Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Purpura, J., & Grabowski, K. (June, 2014). Advanced workshop on performance assessment. Institute on Language Assessment, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy.


Grabowski, K. (March, 2014). Building a validity argument for a grammar and pragmatics test in the context of speaking: The generalization inference. (Paper). American Association for Applied Linguistics conference, Portland, OR.


Grabowski, K. (November, 2013). Creating alignments between objectives and assessments in language programs. (Workshop). American Language Program, Columbia University, New York, NY.


Grabowski, K. (June, 2013). Arguing for the validity of test score interpretation and use: the generalization inference. (Paper). 2nd Annual Symposium on Validation Theory in Language Assessment, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy.


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


Grabowski, K. (May, 2013). Assessing the ability to convey semantic and pragmatic meanings in language assessments. (Workshop). Southern California Conference for Language Assessment Research, Fullerton, CA.


Purpura, J., & Grabowski, K. (April, 2012). Assessing the Ability to Convey Semantic and Pragmatic Meanings in Language Assessments. (Workshop). Language Testing Research Colloquium. Princeton, NJ.


Grabowski, K. (April, 2010). Examining the dimensions of grammatical form, grammatical meaning, and pragmatic meaning at three levels of ability in a role-play speaking test. (Paper). Symposium at the Language Testing Research Colloquium, Cambridge, U.K.


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

 

Grabowski, K. (March, 2010). A discourse analysis of the pragmatic meanings generated on a role-play speaking test designed to measure grammatical and pragmatic knowledge. (Paper). American Association for Applied Linguistics conference, Atlanta, GA.

 

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

 

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

 

Grabowski, K. (February, 2010). Investigating the construct validity of a test designed to measure grammatical and pragmatic knowledge in the context of speaking. (Invited paper) TESOL Working Papers in TESOL and Applied Linguistics special lecture series, Teachers College, Columbia University.


Purpura, J., Grabowski, K. , Ameriks, Y., Dakin, J., & DiGennaro, K. (November, 2009). What is the nature of grammatical knowledge in the CEFR proficiency scales? (Paper). East Coast Organization of Language Testers conference, Washington, D.C.

 

Grabowski, K. (July, 2007). Reconsidering the measurement of pragmatic knowledge using a reciprocal task format. (Paper). Language Testing Research Colloquium, Barcelona, Spain.

Grabowski, K. (October, 2006). Reconsidering the measurement of pragmatic knowledge using a reciprocal task format. (Paper). Colloquium at the East Coast Organization of Language Testers conference, Washington, D.C.

 

Purpura, J., Cook, K., Graziano-King, J., Kim, J., Krohn, N., & Wiseman, C. (March, 2003). An analysis of the foreign language needs of professional school students at Columbia University: The SIPA Needs Assessment Project.  (Paper). Colloquium at the American Association of Applied Linguistics conference, Arlington, Virginia.

 

Purpura, J., Cook, K., Graziano-King, J., Kim, J., Krohn, N., & Wiseman, C. (October, 2001). The SIPA project.  (Paper). Colloquium at the New York State TESOL Conference, Rye Brook, NY.

PUBLICATIONS IN PREPARATION AND REVIEW


Grabowski, K. (Contracted). Assessing second language pragmatics: past, present, and future. New York: Routledge. (Book was contracted in March 2016).


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. (Under revision). Generalizability considerations and the interactionalist approach to construct definition in pragmatics assessment. Language Assessment Quarterly.

 

 

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS


Grabowski, K., & Lin, Rongchan. (2019). Multivariate generalizability theory in language assessment research. In V. Aryadoust & M. Raquel (Eds.), Quantitative Data Analysis for Language Assessment: Advanced Methods (pp. 54-80). New York: Routledge.

 

Grabowski, K., & Oh, Saerhim. (2018). Reliability analysis of instruments and data coding. In A. Phakiti, P. De Costa, L. Plonsky, & S. Starfield (Eds.), Palgrave Handbook of Applied Linguistics Research Methodology (pp. 541-565). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Grabowski, K. (2016). Assessing pragmatic competence. In D. Tsagari & J. Banarjee (Eds.), Handbook of Second Language Assessment (pp. 165-180). New York: De Gruyter Mouton.

 

Grabowski, K., & Dakin, J. (2014). Test development literacy. In A. Kunnan (Ed.), Companion to Language Assessment (pp. 751-768). Oxford, UK: 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 (pp. 149-171). 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, http://journals.tc-library.org/index.php/tesol/issue/view/469

 

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, http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/research/spaan

 

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, http://journals.tc-library.org/index.php/tesol/issue/view/20

 

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, www.tc.columbia.edu/academic/tesol/han/kirby.html


2012-present

International Language Testing Association (ILTA) Nominating Committee

 

 

2008-present

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

 

2012-present

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

 

2007 to present

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

 

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.

 

2011

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.

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