Fundamentals of Domain Analysis Research: An Evidence-Based Approach to Develop LSP Assessments and Curricula

Summer 2024 Mini-Course in LSP

May 14-July 23

LSP courses prepare language learners to function in a wide variety of real-world professional domains. Designing an effective course requires that the specific knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) needed to function in the domain are identified and defined. In this mini-course, you will learn how to conduct domain analysis research that results in the development of key KSAs and an accompanying design blueprint for a given proficiency level. This matrix will form the basis upon which you create assessments and ultimately reverse design an aligned curriculum. Limited to 15 participants.

Participants in this mini-course will be able to:

  • Identify different domain components and evaluate their importance, relevance, and role in the target domain
  • Write specific, measurable, attainable, and realistic research questions for each domain component
  • Develop appropriate data collection methods, tools, and protocols
  • Develop data analysis strategies, tools, and procedures for each data set
  • Learn how to develop a language knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) matrix for a given proficiency level
  • Learn how to use the KSA matrix to write domain-specific target functions for each language skill at a given proficiency level

Taught fully online; Bi-weekly synchronous sessions Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:30pm CDT

  • Instructor: Darcy Lear, PhD, Languages for Specific Purposes Program Coordinator at the University of Chicago Language Center
  • Cost: $750 for professionals, $500 for graduate students
  • Registration deadline: May 10, 2024.
  • Cancellation policy: Cancel before May 10: full refund, minus Eventbrite fees (approx. 7% of registration cost). On or after May 10: 50% refund, minus Eventbrite fees.


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