Professor Bachman's interests in language assessment, language acquisition, ESL/EFL and international programs stem from his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching high school English in the Philippines. His international experience also includes six years in Thailand as a Project Specialist for The Ford Foundation, where he directed intensive English programs, conducted research in the assessment of language proficiency, language aptitude and attitudes, directed a project for developing an individualized elementary school EFL curriculum, and served as a consultant to government agencies and institutions on language testing and language program development. He also spent three years at Tehran University in Iran developing an ESP reading curriculum, two years at the Chinese University of Hong Kong developing an English language enhancement program, and a year at the University of Hong Kong conducting research as a Fulbright Fellow. He has been a faculty member at the University of Hawaii, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Professor Bachman is a Past President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and of the International Language Testing Association. He was the first winner of the TESOL/Newbury House Award for Outstanding Research, has twice won the Modern Language Association of America's Kenneth Mildenberger Award for outstanding research publication, and was selected as one of 30 American "ESL Pioneers" by ESL Magazine in 1999. In 2004 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Language Testing Association, and in 2010 he received the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award from the American Association for Applied Linguistics. He has served on several committees of the National Research Council, and is currently a member of the Board on Testing and Assessment, a standing board of the National Academies of Science. He has conducted numerous research projects in the areas of language assessment, program design and evaluation, and language acquisition, as well as practitioner training workshops in language assessment, both at North American institutions and at institutions abroad. He serves as a consultant in language assessment and language program design, evaluation and research to government agencies and institutions in China, Hong Kong, Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom. His current professional interests are split about equally among research, teaching, program development, and training practitioners.
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