[EDLING:1638] CFP: TOEFL COE Research Program
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Tue May 30 19:33:31 UTC 2006
TOEFL COE Research Program - 2007 Call for Proposals
Preliminary applications described below should be submitted via e-mail to
Toeflresearchcoordination at ets.org by August 1, 2006.
Purpose - TOEFL Committee of Examiners (COE) research grants are intended to
support research on topics related to TOEFL as identified by the Committee of
Examiners and Educational Testing Service.
Award Value - Awards will be up to $75,000 USD for empirical studies and
$30,000 USD for research syntheses. These amounts are inclusive of
1. Topics for Empirical Studies:
1.1 Investigate the ways that TOEFL scores and other relevant information
are used by intensive English institutes and English for Academic Purposes
programs preparing students for entry to higher education in North America.
The study will examine how TOEFL scores and other information (other test
scores, student characteristics) relate to one or more of the following:
- The success and progress of students in the program(s)
- The nature of the curriculum followed and teaching practices used
- Institutional policies for admission, placement, and advancement.
1.2 Examine the effectiveness of teaching, testing preparation and learning
practices and/or materials that are reflective of iBT related tasks.
2. Topics for Research Syntheses, involving critical reviews and
systematic evaluations of:
2.1 Approaches to describing the conceptual complexity of reading or
listening materials and implications for grading and selection of teaching and
2.2 The utility of computer-assisted tools for the development of academic
speaking skills in English.
2.3 The effectiveness of different kinds of feedback that might be used to
improve automated writing evaluation tools for English for Academic Purposes
teaching and/or individual writing development.
2.4 Prior research on assessing the development of academic English
language proficiency over time focusing on different methods used to measure
gain and the variables that have been the target of analysis.
Eligibility and Conditions - Applications are invited from individuals at
not-for-profit organizations and institutions (e.g., universities) with
expertise in English Language Learning and Assessment research. Proposals from
unaffiliated individuals or for-profit organizations are not eligible.
Principal Investigators must be faculty or staff members with the authority to
represent their institution in negotiated contracts.
Each awardee will be required to submit interim and final reports and to
appropriately acknowledge the support of the TOEFL program when disseminating
the results of his or her work
Interested applicants are required to submit an application as described
below. Applications should not be longer than 4 pages. Invitations to submit a
full proposal will be issued to selected applicants based on the quality and
cost effectiveness of the initial application.
Application must include
Title of proposed study
Your name and contact information including address, e-mail,
Date of submission
A 500-600 word pr?cis describing the topic you plan to address, a
brief rationale, a short statement about the research questions and
design, a time line, and a one- line estimate of the cost. The cost
estimate should include institutional overhead. (A full budget is not
required at the pr?cis stage).
A one page description of the Principal Investigator?s qualifications
(in short c.v. format) and the names of two references.
Invitations to submit a full proposal will be issued to selected applicants
based on the quality of the pr?cis. Pr?cis will be evaluated in terms of the
relevance to the identified topics, the feasibility of the proposed research,
the qualifications of the Principal Investigator, organizational capacity to
conduct the research, and cost effectiveness. Evaluative comments on pr?cis
will be sent only to applicants who receive an invitation to submit a full
August 1, 2006 - Deadline for submission of application and pr?cis.
September 1, 2006 ? Response to pr?cis.
October 16, 2006 ? Deadline for submission of full proposal.
December 21, 2006 ? Response to proposal.
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