Responsibility for planning language teaching programmes now carries with it a strong element of accountability. Evaluation of the whole process of course design, development and implementation is therefore a necessary area of activity for course designers, language planners and researchers. Evaluating Second Language Education is divided into three parts: - Part One presents a review of the literature showing how the field got to where it is - Part Two contains a series of eight original case-studies which illustrate the strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative approaches - Part Three contains practical advice on how to design and execute evaluations in the field. It is a valuable resource both for those already engaged in evaluation and for those in training.
Series editors' preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Evaluation of Language Education: An Overview Alan Beretta: Part II. Case Studies of Current Practice: 1. Insiders, outsiders and participatory evaluation J. Charles Alderson and Mike Scott; 2. Evaluating a program inside and out Brian Lynch; 3. The 'independent' evaluation of bilingual primary education: a narrative account Rosamond Mitchell; 4. Issues in evaluating input-based language teaching programs Adrian Palmer; 5. Program-defining evaluation in a decade of eclecticism Steven Ross; 6. evaluation of classroom interaction Assia Slimani; 7. Moving the goalposts: project evaluation in practice Hywel Coleman; 8. What can be learned from the Bangalore Evaluation Alan Beretta; Part III. Guidelines for the Evaluation of Language Education J. Charles Alderson; Appendices.