Dr. John Norris




Dr. John M. Norris is associate professor in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His research and teaching focus on program evaluation, assessment, and pedagogy in foreign language and adult education settings.


John has taught language and applied linguistics, and consulted on assessment and evaluation projects, in Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Spain, and across the U.S., and his research has appeared in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Language Learning, Language Testing, Language Learning & Technology, Foreign Language Annals, The Modern Language Journal, TESOL Quarterly, and Die Unterrichtspraxis, as well as in a variety of book chapters. 


His book publications include two co-authored volumes on language performance assessment from the University of Hawaii Press, several co-edited books with John Benjamins Publishers (Synthesizing research on language learning and teaching , and Task-based language teaching: A reader), and a monograph entitled Validity evaluation in language assessment with Peter Lang Publishers.


John was principal investigator for a three-year project (funded 2005-2008 by the U.S. Department of Education) that sought to help college foreign language educators engage in useful program evaluation practices. Currently, he continues to direct a variety of program evaluation capacity development activities at the National Foreign Language Resource Center, and he actively consults on external evaluations in higher education.


E-mail: jnorris@hawaii.edu


Yukiko Watanabe

Yukiko Watanabe is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Second Language Studies in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Grounded in participatory and utilization-focused approaches to program evaluation, her work has ranged from evaluations of an English program at a Japanese private high schools to a university information literacy program. She has also worked since 2005 on the Foreign Language Program Evaluation Project at UH. She has extensive experience in qualitative (focus groups and interviews) and quantitative data collection (especially surveys) and analysis. Currently, she is working on a multiple-case study of outcomes assessment in U.S. college foreign language programs. Her research interests include organizational learning, evaluation use, and evaluation capacity building.  Personal website: 


John Davis

John Davis is a PhD student in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His general research interests are in language pedagogy, language program evaluation, outcomes assessment, educational accountability, and multilingualism and identity. John earned his MA in applied linguistics from the University of Melbourne in 2004. He has taught EFL in South Korea at the university-level as well as in corporate contexts, and has also taught ESL at the Hawaii English Language Program.


Bonnie Sylwester

Bonnie Sylwester is a PhD student in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii. She received an MA in instructional systems development/TESOL from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in international education from the University of Massachusetts. Bonnie’s main research interests are language program evaluation, assessment and program development. She has taught English in Namibia, Korea, Bolivia, Spain and the US.


E-mail: bsylwest@hawaii.edu


Castle Sinicrope

Castle Sinicrope received her MA from the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii in 2008. She is currently working in educational research and evaluation at Berkeley Policy Associates in Oakland, California. In addition to her work for the Foreign Language Program Evaluation project, Castle worked as a research assistant on the Syntactic Complexity project (with Dr. Lourdes Ortega) and taught adult ESL at the Hawaii English Language Program. In 2006, she earned her BA from Georgetown University, where she majored in German and minored in Italian. While at Georgetown, she worked extensively under Dr. Heidi Byrnes on the Developing Multiple Literacies project.


Marta González-Lloret

Marta González-Lloret is assistant professor at the Spanish Division of the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas at the University of Hawaii. Her main interests and research are on Computer-assisted foreign language learning, task-based language teaching, and pedagogy in foreign language in general.

Marta has taught for twelve years at the University of Hawaii a variety of courses  including basic and advanced Spanish, grammar andcomposition, structure, phonetics, and courses in foreign language pedagogy and second language leaning.  For more information visit




Hye Ri Joo

Hye Ri Joo earned her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in May 2008. She currently teaches Korean at Honolulu Community College and Leeward Community College in Hawaii. Her research interests are linguistic aspects of second language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning, corpus linguistics, task-based language teaching, etc. Her research has been published in Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Research, and the NFLRC Technical Report series. She has taught various undergraduate courses in the department of Second Language Studies. She also has experience in developing Korean learning CD-ROMs, online courses, and proficiency tests. 









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