Empowering World Language Programs through Evaluation Conference

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Are you interested in learning about high-impact evaluation practices to better understand and improve your world language program?

Join the Center for Applied Linguistics for Empowering World Language Programs through Evaluation, a one-day conference in Washington, DC convening world language educators from K-12 and higher education.

Hear from experts, share your experiences and questions, and network with colleagues!

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Check out the FAQs below to learn more about this free in-person professional development opportunity.

What is the conference topic?

The conference will focus on world language program evaluation (i.e., the evaluation of programs in which students are taught languages other than English).

What is language program evaluation and why should I learn more about it?

Language program evaluation is the process of asking questions and gathering data about your language program. You might conduct a program evaluation because you want to better understand something, to help you make decisions for the future, or to demonstrate the value and impact of your program to others. Program evaluation is a powerful tool for ensuring that your language program is aligned with your goals and that your program is being implemented effectively!

Who should attend the conference?

World language educators in K-12 and higher education.

What is the cost of attending the conference?

The conference is free for attendees. Advanced registration is required.

What is the agenda for the conference?

Saturday, January 27, 2024

  • 9:30 – 10:00am: Check In & Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 10:15am: Welcome
  • 10:15 – 11:00am: Invited Talk
  • 11:00 – 11:15am: Coffee & Networking Break
  • 11:15 – 12:30pm: Roundtable Sessions
  • 12:30 – 1:45pm: Lunch & Networking Break
  • 1:45 – 2:30pm: Invited Talk
  • 2:30 – 2:50pm: Coffee & Networking Break
  • 2:50 – 3:35pm: Panel Discussion
  • 3:35 – 3:45pm: Closing Remarks

Please note that breakfast and lunch will be provided, and more detailed information about the speakers and topics for each presentation will be shared closer to the date of the conference.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions about the conference?

Contact conference organizer Leslie Fink at


This conference is organized as part of CAL’s STARTALK Excellent Language Program Evaluation project. STARTALK Excellent Language Program Evaluation is an online STARTALK teacher program designed to give K-16 language teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian an in-depth understanding of high-quality program evaluation.

This conference is the culminating event of the program, which included 30 hours of pre-program online learning with synchronous components; a summer program with 60 hours of instruction, including synchronous online meetings; and 30 hours of post-program activities including online coaching.

Program participants will present about their own mini program evaluations at the conference during the roundtable sessions.

STARTALK is a federal grant program managed and funded by the National Security Agency. STARTALK grants fund innovative programs with strong language learning outcomes for K-16 students in support of the STARTALK goals.

About the Project

Funder: National Security Agency
January 27, 2024