East Coast Organization of Language Testers
ECOLT represents a group of professionals, scholars, and students who are involved in language testing projects and research.
Meet the CAL Team
Margaret E. Malone, PhD
Associate Vice President,
Margaret E. Malone (Ph.D., Georgetown University) is Associate Vice President for World Languages and International Programs at the Center for Applied Linguistics. She has more than two decades of experience in language test development, materials development, delivery of professional development and teacher training through both online and face-to-face methods, data collection and survey research, and program evaluation. Dr. Malone currently directs a variety of projects, including a three-year research study investigating student language learning outcomes from study abroad, the annual evaluation of a federal initiative to train teachers of and teach languages to students of critical languages in grades K-16, and a study of similarities and differences between English language academic writing and test tasks. Dr. Malone has directed the development of six computer-delivered oral proficiency assessments, in Arabic, Chinese, English for the workplace, Korean, and Spanish as well as the development of interactive software programs that provides training on rating oral proficiency for instructors of Modern Standard Arabic, French, German, and Spanish. In addition, she directed the development of an online oral proficiency tutorial for high school and university students of Modern Standard Arabic, and a mediated online course and self-access multimedia workshop on the fundamentals of assessment for world language instructors.
Dr. Malone serves as Co-Director of the National Capital Language Resource Center, Chair of the Council of Directors of the Language Resource Centers (COD), Secretary of the International Language Testing Association, and is the co-founder of the East Coast Organization of Language Testers. The author of a number of peer-refereed journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on language assessment, her current research also focuses on the state of applied linguistics graduate programs in the United States.
Previously, Dr. Malone was the Language Testing Specialist for Peace Corps-Worldwide where she managed training for language testers in approximately 60 countries and 150 languages. Prior to her work at Peace Corps, Dr. Malone was Research Associate at the Evaluation Assistance Center East and provided technical assistance on assessment and evaluation to six U.S. states. Dr. Malone has taught graduate courses in language testing and language teaching methods at American and Georgetown Universities and the University of Maryland.