Office of Language Assessment


How long does this Initiative last?

We have funding for an additional three years (2020-2023).

Are all of the workshops mandatory?

Everyone who participates in the LPII must have done Oral Proficiency Interview training (led by an ACTFL trainer), and must also attend the Language Assessment Workshop (led by CLC staff).  The first time you design a test, you must attend the Test Design Workshop; if you have already designed and developed a test, you may only need to attend a Test Design Refresher Workshop.  Once you have completed the Test Design Workshop, you are eligible to participate in the Curriculum Design Workshop for the curriculum that corresponds to the test you have designed.

Can I attend a workshop a second time?

You cannot receive a stipend for attending a workshop that you have already attended. If you would like to attend a workshop for a second time to prepare for test development, please talk to Karin Maxey, LPII Coordinator.

Can I attend a workshop even if I likely won’t be (re)designing an exam?


Will the workshops be offered multiple times during the academic year?

No, these workshops are only offered once a year.

Are the curriculum development grants for summer courses?

Our curriculum development grants are *not* for summer courses, rather grants for support of course design done in the summer months.

Are there any restrictions for course development projects?

There must be an assessment in place, in order for you to be able to align your course with it – that is a key element of reverse design.

Can I use this grant for “LXC” courses?

At this time we are not including courses with an LxC component in the initiative.  We expect course design proposals for language courses to exceed demand.  If we can include LxC courses, we will let everyone know.

What about language courses taught in or for other Divisions?

Courses taught in or for other Divisions are eligible, as long as they are language courses.

Can part-time lecturers take part in this initiative?

Full-time senior instructional professors and instructional professors of all ranks and L2 lecturers are eligible for the LPII.

Who owns the assessments and materials created in this grant?

All materials produced under the Language Pedagogy Innovation Initiative will become the exclusive property of the University of Chicago, and the University has sole discretion in approving and implementing the materials and curricula developed under the Initiative.