Honors and Achievements

Professor Lyle Bachman Receives Award for Best Book on Language Testing!


SAGE, the publisher of the Language Testing Journal, in conjunction withe the International Language TEsting Associate (ILTA), sponsors a triennial award for the best book in the area of language testing/assessment.The 2012 recipients of this award are Lyle Bachman and Adrian (Buzz) Palmer for: Language Assessment in Practice: Developing Language Assessments and Justifying their Use in the Real World. Oxford Applied Linguistics Series. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press (2010). Bachman and Palmer's book impressed the committee for its originality and depth of treatment of the central issue in language assessment--how to design, develop and evaluate language tests, and justify their use to stakeholders. Join us in wishing them a much-deserved congratulations on this prestigious award!

Fulbright Award


Professor Lyle Bachman was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research at the University of Hong Kong during the 2008-2009 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Professor Bachman will return to UCLA in Fall 2009.

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Fair & Open Academic Environment Award

Susan PlannDear Professor Plann,

Congratulations on receiving the 2008 Fair & Open Academic Environment Award! Your selection is a tribute to the special excellence of your efforts and the outstanding contributions you have made to the promotion of a fair and open academic environment on this campus.




Professor Susan Plann of the Department of Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language (Photo by Rich Schmitt)

A passion for learning while serving

UCLA Today has Published an article about Professor Susan Plann of the Department of Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language. You can CLICK HERE to read the article.



2008-2009 Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Susan Plann was one of the six members of the Senate selected for the 2008-2009 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, which is intended to "increase awareness of UCLA's leadership in teaching and public service by honoring individuals who bring respect and admiration to the scholarhip of teaching."


The Spanish National Deaf SchoolThe Spanish National Deaf School
Professor Susan Plann
New Book By Professor Susan Plann











Russian Peasant LettersRussian Peasant Letters
Texts and Contexts

Professor Olga T Yokoyama
New Book By Professor Olga T Yokoyama

This edition princeps of letters by three Russian peasant men and two peasant women from a single family in southern Vyatka (now Udmurtia) covers the reign of Alexander III and two years of Nicholas II. The letters represent a precious primary source for Russian dialectologists and other linguists, such as those interested in the acquisition of literacy. They also provide direct, unadorned, and often vivid testimony concerning all aspects of everyday life - a unique source for scholars of history, sociology, culturology, and Peasant Studies. Written entirely in the peasants' own voices, addressing other family members, the letters track the development of events and of the authors themselves. The content includes economic and personal news, village and town gossip, parental admonition and prayers, requests for help, intrafamily troubles, and simply the authors' pouring out their hearts. The texts (with commentaries) are reproduced in three versions (the original Russian, a normalized Russian version, and an English translation); essays on linguistic and content-related features are followed by indices, appendices, bibliographical references, and facsimiles and illustrations.






Russian Peasant Letters
Life and Times of a 19th-Century Family 

Professor Olga T Yokoyama

Around 1880, two teenagers left their village on the Kama River, 1000 km east of Moscow. Their father wanted them to earn cash in Siberia and send it home. The result: scores of letters over a period of 16 years (1881-1896). The parents, two brothers and a sister reported on harvests and family finances, on marriages, births, and deaths, asked for money, offered religious instruction and moral advice, described their daily lives, and shared their worries about their alcoholic father and their desire to see the world and succeed in it. Meanwhile, the family’s activity steadily expanded, as their side business grew from a single leaky rowboat to a fleet of steamships. These unique letters, preserved in a Siberian archive, appear here in English translation for the first time. The accompanying detailed commentaries, based on meticulous archival research, recreate these peasants’ social, cultural, and economic milieu. The family’s letters thus document the complex changes that led to upward mobility in an era that saw the rapid growth of capitalism and urbanization during late imperial Russia. Facsimiles and photographs are included.