Department of Linguistics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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F. Scott Walters Ph.D.

Lecturer of ESL
Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education

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  • Address:
    4080 FLB, MC-168, 707 S. Mathews St., Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: (217) 244-7037
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Research Interests

Language testing and assessment, TESOL teacher education, conversation analysis, L2 pragmatics, CA-informed language-test development


  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/SLATE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. in TESL, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. in Humanities/Literature, California State University at Dominguez Hills
  • B.A. in English, Illinois State University

Current Projects

  • CA-informed language-test development
  • Hybrid L2-writing rater-norming project
  • Publications

    Journal Articles

    • "Cultivating assessment literacy: Standards evaluation through language-test specification reverse engineering." Language Assessment Quarterly 7.3 (2010): 317-342.
    • "A conversation analysis-informed test of L2 aural pragmatic comprehension." TESOL Quarterly 43.1 (2009): 29-54.
    • "A conversation-analytic hermeneutic rating protocol to assess L2 oral pragmatic competence." Language Testing 24.2 (2007): 155-183.
    • "A conversation-analytic approach to developing tests of L2 pragmatic competence ." Language Testing Update (2003):
    • "The Final Trilogy of Philip K. Dick." Extrapolations 38 (1997): 222-235.

    Book Contributions

    • "Interfaces between a discourse completion test and a conversation analysis-informed test of L2 pragmatic competence." Assessing Second Language Pragmatics. Ed. Steven J. Ross and Gabriele Kasper. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
    • "Fairness." The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing. Ed. Fred Davidson and Glen Fulcher. Routledge, 2012.


    • Rev. of Measuring oral proficiency though paired-task performance The Modern Language Journal 95 (2011): 169-170.
    • Rev. of Assessment and Accountability in Language Education Programs, by Margo Gottlieb. Language Policy 7 (2008): 301-303.
    • Walters, F. Scott, and Michael Newman. Rev. of Understanding by Design, expanded 2nd ed., by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. TESOL Quarterly 42.1 (2008): 162-165.