Dr. John M. Norris

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John M. Norris

Dr. Norris is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. His research and teaching interests include educational assessment, program evaluation, language pedagogy, and research methods. He has taught language and applied linguistics courses, and consulted on assessment, evaluation, and teacher development projects, in Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Spain, and around the U.S. Prior to joining Georgetown, he served for eight years as a professor in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i, and for two years as outcomes assessment specialist at Northern Arizona University. John’s publications have appeared in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Annals, Language Learning, Language Learning & Technology, Language Teaching Research, Language Testing, Modern Language Journal, TESOL Quarterly, and Die Unterrichtspraxis. His most recent books explore the topics of language teaching (Task-based language teaching: A reader), evaluation (Toward useful program evaluation in college foreign language education), assessment (Validity evaluation in language assessment), and research synthesis (Synthesizing research on language learning and teaching). Currently, he serves as chair of the TOEFL Committee of Examiners and the International Consortium on Task-Based Language Teaching, and he recently completed a sabbatical as Fulbright scholar at the University of Alicante in Spain. John speaks German, Spanish, and Portuguese, and he is an avid runner/hiker/surfer.

Dr. Kate Paesani

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Kate Paesani


Dr. Paesani is Associate Professor of French at Wayne State University, where she serves as Director of Basic French courses and advises students in the interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Language Learning program. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in French language and linguistics, and graduate courses in second language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy. Her research focuses on literacy-based approaches to instruction, literature across the curriculum, and foreign language teacher development and has appeared in journals such as Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Annals, French Review, and L2 Journal. She has co-edited two books and is currently working on a foreign language methods book entitled A Multiliteracies Framework for Collegiate Foreign Language Teaching (Prentice) with co-authors Heather Wills Allen and Beatrice Dupuy.

Dr. Chuanren Ke

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Chuanren Ke


Dr. Ke is Professor of Chinese and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Iowa. He is also a core faculty member of the FLARE Second Language Acquisition doctoral program. He specializes in Chinese applied linguistics, SLA theory and research design, experimental psycholinguistics, computerized adaptive testing, Chinese language pedagogy, curriculum development and teacher education. He is past Director of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and is the Founding Director of the Confucius Institute established at the University of Iowa in 2006. He is a certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester Trainer and a certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester of Chinese with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.