Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Jean Turner


I taught English as a Second Language (ESL/EFL) for a variety of schools beginning in 1976 with my Peace Corps service in Morocco. Before coming to the Institute I was Assistant Director of ESL Services at UCLA and taught classes on assessment at California State University, Los Angeles. I joined the Institute faculty in 1990 and in 1997 was the recipient of the Institutes' Dean's Award of Teaching Excellence. In 2008, I was honored by receiving the Dr. Leslie Ellison Teacher of Excellence Award.

I have consulted on test development projects and teacher training in the areas of assessment and curriculum design for various organizations, including Cambridge University Press, the Egyptian Fulbright Foundation, Educational Testing Service, AMIDEAST and Second Language Testing, Inc. Most recently, I have been working with Second Language Testing, Inc. on the design and development of tests of interpretation and translation in the languages of Pashto, Dari, and Farsi. My current research interest is in the areas of assessing advanced language, including assessing the skills and language proficiency of court and medical interpreters. I am the author and co-author of articles published in the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, TESOL Quarterly, The Content-Based Classroom, CATESOL Journal, Preparing the Professoriate of Tomorrow to Teach, and Language Testing.


Language testing, assessment, program evaluation, research design and statistics


PhD, Applied Linguistics; MA, TESOL, University of California, Los Angeles

Course List

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EDUC 8510 - Educational Research Methods      

Introduces social science research design, descriptive and analytic procedures, basic statistics, and their application to research on language learning and teaching.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS, Fall 2015 - MIIS

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EDUC 8540 - Language Assessment      

Considers issues in language assessment including reliability, validity, test bias, and authenticity. Examines differences and similarities among placement, proficiency, achievement, aptitude, and performance testing. Explores alternative evaluation procedures. Prepares students to evaluate tests and to develop original language tests. Prerequisites: Language Analysis and Educational Research Methods.

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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EDUC 8559 - Teaching of Speaking      

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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EDUC 8650 - Portfolio Seminar      

Consists of a series of workshops leading to the integration of issues and ideas in the MA program, and to the development of a portfolio of work.

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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LING 8670 - Applied Linguistics Capstone      

Fall 2014 - MIIS, Fall 2015 - MIIS

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