Assistant Professor of TESOL
Professor Farnsworth’s research focuses on second language assessment for both adult and K12 education contexts. He has been published in TESOL Quarterly, Language Assessment Quarterly, Educational Assessment, and the Journal of Teacher Education Research, among others. His book, Assessing English Language Learners in US Schools, co-authored with Margaret Malone and published by TESOL press, is intended to inform teachers of English Language Learners in their formative assessment practices. He has presented at a wide variety of national and international conferences. His current research is an investigation into the classroom assessment practices of new teachers – how do they know what their students know, and what difficulties do they encounter in finding out?
Professor Farnsworth teaches the courses in language assessment for the K12 TESOL programs, and in the adult program he teaches language assessment, methods, and adult practicum courses.
Dr. Farnsworth’s research focuses on language assessment, and he is currently researching the role of language ability in tests of mathematics and science. In addition, he has worked with Educational Testing Service (ETS) on the uses and validity of the speaking portion of the new TOEFL.