Anne Donovan (M.S. Applied Linguistics, Georgetown University) is a project manager at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Since 2008, she has worked on projects including the development of Computerized Oral Proficiency Instruments (COPIs) in French and Mandarin Chinese, a computerized rater training program in Modern Standard Arabic, and professional development courses for language teachers through face-to-face, online, and blended learning formats, with a focus on assessment training.
Several of her projects have involved the instruction and assessment of less commonly taught languages through the STARTALK program. She has served as an instructor and program manager for the CAL STARTALK Performance Assessment Training Program, and as project manager for the annual CAL evaluation of the full network of STARTALK programs.
Ms. Donovan’s work has also included English language assessment projects. She managed the successful resubmission of BEST Plus 2.0 to the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education in 2015, and is currently managing the development of updated software for future BEST Plus and CAL oral proficiency products. She is also currently working on the CAL team for the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). CAL develops the speaking section of the NYSESLAT.
Since beginning at CAL, Ms. Donovan has worked with the Department of Education Language Resource Centers, first during CAL’s collaboration with Georgetown University and George Washington University, the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) and now in collaboration with Georgetown University for the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC). The AELRC’s primary goal is to facilitate useful assessment and evaluation practices that help FL educators innovate and improve their programs, ensure accountability to students and society, and articulate and express the value of FL studies in the world today.
Prior to coming to CAL, she spent a year as an assistant English teacher in France.
The recent article, Oral Language Development Among Mandarin Learners in Chinese Homestays (in Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition), focuses on a mixed-method study describing the oral Mandarin development of American students living in Chinese homestays.