The Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center is a Title VI Language Resource Center directed collaboratively by researchers at Georgetown University, the Center for Applied Linguistics, and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Dr. Meg Montee (Associate Research Professor, GU Department of Linguistics) serves as Director of the Center, and Francesca Di Silvio (Director of World Languages, Center for Applied Linguistics) serves as the Associate Director of the Center.
The goal of the AELRC is to facilitate useful assessment and evaluation practices that help world language educators innovate and improve their programs, ensure accountability to students and society, and articulate the value of world language studies. The AELRC focuses on three interrelated aspects of world language education in the United States: underrepresented languages, populations, and institutions; student learning outcomes assessment; and the Seal of Biliteracy. The AELRC serves the needs of educators and students by engaging in cutting-edge research and development of high-quality instruments, disseminating tools and frameworks that respond to clear needs and have been validated for specific uses and contexts, and building capacity through workshops, institutes, and multimedia materials.
Assessment and evaluation are key elements in a comprehensive approach to education that is accountable to the needs of learners, the values of scholarly disciplines, and the well-being of society. Assessment and evaluation also provide essential mechanisms for understanding, improving, and demonstrating the worth of world language education. The AELRC provides leadership, scholarship, and outreach in world language assessment and program evaluation to an audience of world language teachers in K-12 and higher education, program administrators, and researchers in diverse educational settings.