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Timothy Farnsworth

Associate Professor of TESOL

1013 West

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?


PhD, Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008

MA, Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004

BA, History, San Francisco State University, 1995


EDESL 791, 761, 776 - Language Assessment in all our programs

In the adult track Professor Farnsworth teaches the EDESL 799 Practicum course and other courses as needed.


Farnsworth, T., & Malone, M. (2014). Assessing English learners in US schools. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press. ISBN 9781931185158.

Farnsworth, T. (2013). An investigation into the validity of the TOEFL iBT Speaking test for international teaching assistant certification. Language Assessment Quarterly, 10(3), pp 274-291. DOI: 10.1080/15434303.2013.769548

Farnsworth, T. (2013). Effects of targeted test preparation on scores of two tests of oral English as a second language. TESOL Quarterly 47 (1), 148-155. DOI: 10.1002/tesq.75

Baecher, L., Farnsworth, T., & Ediger, A. (2013). The challenges of planning language objectives in content-based instruction. Language Teaching Research 18 (1), 118-136. DOI 10.1177/1362168813505381


PSC-CUNY Trad A Summer 2012 Grant Awarded. Amount: $3,416.

Pearson Educational Measurement sponsored research, Spring 2010. Amount: $5,000

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