Michigan Language Assessment is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for its research grant programs. In addition to the long-running Spaan Research Grant program, this year we are launching the Latin American Research Grant program, to support research in that part of the world.
The grants provide funding of up to $5,000 USD for research related to language assessment and language learning. The projects can be conducted independently or, where appropriate, in collaboration with Michigan Language Assessment staff.
These grants demonstrate our continued commitment to producing the best research-informed English language tests that have a positive impact on learning. Michigan has always been at the vanguard of work in applied linguistics; it was here, in 1948, that Language Learning: A Journal of Applied Linguistics was founded, marking the first use of the term in a journal’s name. English proficiency tests began to be offered soon after, in 1953, which continues unbroken to this day.
Research on language testing is now spreading across the globe, as seen in the forming of regional organizations of language testing researchers. While there are many language learners in Latin America, there is at present limited funding for published research in language testing there. For that reason, Michigan Language Assessment is launching this new program, with the hope that it can make a contribution to language learning in the region.
For more information about the grant programs and to submit your application, see our Research Grants page.
The deadline for applications is December 3, 2018.