Dr. Paula Winke
Michigan State University
B252 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
Office phone: 517-353-9792
Fax: 517-432-1149

Winke & Gass, 2013

Winke & Lim, 2015

MwALT info

English info

PAULA M. WINKE is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. She is part of the core faculty within the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program, the Master of Arts in TESOL Program, and the Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching (MAFLT) Program. She is the immediate past President of the Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT). She is on the editorial advisory board of the journals TESOL Quarterly, Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, and Chinese as a Second Language. She is currently a member of the TOEFL Committee of Examiners (serving a 4-year term) and is the Chair of the TOEFL Research Subcommittee at Educational Testing Service (ETS). Paula is a co-director (with Aline Godfroid and Susan Gass) of the Second Language Studies Eye-tracking lab, where she and lab members conduct research using a Tobii TX300 and an EyeLink 1000. She is working on grant-funded assessment projects and a book on L2 placement testing.

Paula and Susan Gass are the PIs on a 800K Language Proficiency Flagship Initiative grant from the National Security Education Program: They are using ACTFL-based tests and other measures to track the proficiency of approximately 4,000 MSU learners of Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian over a 2-year period.

Paula's primary area of research is second and foreign language testing, though she researches other issues in applied linguistics and second language acquisition, including task-based language teaching methods, computer-assisted language learning, individual differences in SLA, and attention and awareness in SLA. Much of her recent work is on ethical and social concerns in high-stakes, foreign and second language testing.

Paula's research on the reliability of the U.S. Citizenship test for English-language learners was covered by PRI The World in 2013 and the Associated Press in 2012 (to hear a radio interview, click here, to see and hear the PRI segment, click here). The Christian Science Monitor (Dec. 2, staff writer Gilmour) quoted her concerning that test in 2014. She received the TESOL Award for Distinguished Research in 2012 for her work on NCLB tests for English-learning, K-12 children, and the Outstanding Article of the Year Award (with Senta Goertler) from CALICO in 2009 (for research on online and hybrid, university-level, foreign language instruction).

Selected Publications

Winke, P., & Lim, H. (2015). ESL essay raters' cognitive processes in applying the Jacobs et al. rubric: An eye-movement study. Assessing Writing, 25(2), 37-53. doi: 10.1016/j.asw.2015.05.002

Winke, P. (2014). Testing hypotheses about language learning using structural equation modeling. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 34, 102-122. doi: 10.1017/S0267190514000075

Winke, P. (2013). The effects of input enhancement on grammar learning and comprehension: A modified replication of Lee, 2007, with eye-movement data. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 35(2), 323-352. doi: 10.1017/S0272263112000903

Winke, P., Gass, S., & Myford, C. (2013). Raters’ L2 background as a potential source of bias in rating oral performance. Language Testing, 30(2), 231-252. doi: 10.1177/0265532212456968

Winke, P., Gass, S., Sydorenko, T. (2013). Factors influencing the use of captions by foreign language learners: An eye-tracking study. The Modern Language Journal, 97(1), 254–275. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4781.2013.01432.x

Winke, P. (2013). An investigation into second language aptitude for advanced Chinese language learning. The Modern Language Journal, 97(1), 109-130. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4781.2013.01428.x

For more publications, see Paula's CV.