Step-by-step guides on practices in language program evaluation

• A utilization-focused approach to developing, mapping, and assessing student learning outcomes in college foreign language programs

- Yukiko Watanabe, John McE. Davis, and John Norris

The aim of this set of assessment modules is to help FL educators plan, implement, and use outcomes assessment in tertiary foreign language programs. More specifically, the modules aid educators in developing a feasible, useful, and meaningful assessment plan, one that will help people actually use assessment findings toward program understanding, decision-making, and educational improvement.

Introduction: About the module (Read this first)
Module 1: Understanding utilization-focused outcomes assessment
Module 2: Developing meaningful student learning outcomes
Module 3: Mapping outcomes to the curriculum
Module 4: Assessing outcomes and utilizing findings
Module 5: Reflecting on assessment
Supplementary material #1: Methods Table
Supplementary material #2: Assessment Planning Worksheet


Using surveys for understanding and improving foreign language programs

- John McE. Davis

The goal of this guide is to help language educators develop surveys that produce useful information for evaluation in language programs. To that end, survey methods are situated within a method of evaluation that emphasizes use and usefulness (Norris & Watanabe, 2011; Patton, 2008). This approach is explicitly geared to ensure that evaluations impact programs in the ways stakeholders desire. By undertaking survey methods in this way, people who do evaluation in their programs will be more likely to use survey findings for understanding and improvement.
Cite as:
Davis, J. McE. (2011). Using surveys for understanding and improving foreign language programs. (NetWork #61) [PDF document]. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i, National Foreign Language Resource Center. doi:


A utilization-focused approach to stating and assessing student learning outcomes

- Yukiko Watanabe, John McE. Davis

This manual helps FL educators develop and assess student learning outcomes. The emphasis of the guide is on making assessment data optimally useful for evaluating various aspects of FL programs, in addition to assessing student performance. Provided are examples of FL outcomes statements, types of FL assessment, examples of assessment used at US tertiary FL programs, and many resources on FL outcomes assessment and evaluation.


Roles and responsibilities for evaluation in foreign language programs

- John M. Norris, Yukiko Watanabe

This short booklet presents a step-by-step overview of the program evaluation process with particular emphasis on who participates at distinct phases of an evaluation and what their responsibilities are for making evaluation happen.`


©2007 John Norris, Yukiko Watanabe, Marta Gonzalez-Lloret & Hye Ri Joo