Carol A Chapelle

Carol A Chapelle

  • Distinguished Professor
  • Dean's Professor
Carol A. Chapelle is Distinguished Professor and Dean's Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. Recent books include Argument-Based Validation in Testing and Assessment (Sage, 2021) and The Handbook of Technology and Language Learning and Teaching (Wiley, 2017; with S. Sauro). She is editor of the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Wiley, 2013) as well as co-editor of the Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series. She is past president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, former co-editor of Language Testing, and former editor of TESOL Quarterly. Her awards include the 2012 Cambridge-ILTA Lifetime Achievement Award in Language Testing, the American Association for Applied Linguistics 2015 Distinguished Service and Scholarship Award, the 2020 Test Validity Research and Evaluation SIG Senior Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association, and the 2020 Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair Award at Carleton University in Ottawa.


Contact Info

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527 Farm House Ln.


  • Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana
  • M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Illinois at Urbana
  • B.A., Linguistics, Michigan State University

Interdepartmental Programs

Book: Validity Argument in Language Testing

New in 2021 

Validity Argument in Language Testing, edited by Carol A. Chapelle and Erik Voss, introduces an argument-based validity framework to help with the design of research that investigates the validity of language test interpretation and use. The book presents the principal concepts and technical terms, then shows how they can be implemented in a variety of validation studies. It also demonstrates how argument-based validity intersects with technology in language testing research and highlights the use of validity argument for identifying research questions and interpreting the results of validation research.



Book: Argument-Based Validation on Testing and Assessment

Argument-Based Validation in Testing and Assessment shows readers how to design validation research for tests of human capacities and performance. Such research plays an important role in creating tests used to make decisions about people or programs. The book helps to close the gap between theory and practice by introducing, explaining, and demonstrating how test developers can formulate the overall design for their validation research program.




Other Recent Publications

Book: Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2020) introduces readers to applied linguistics, the study of language-related problems such as the need to learn languages other than the first language and the desire to improve communication through technology. Such problems typically occur in situations of language contact and technological innovation, two phenomena pervasive in society today. I provides a sample of the analytic approaches applied linguists take to investigate  example real-world problems in areas including multilingualism, language policy and planning, language assessment and testing, and analysis of  language in use.  The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics was compiled from updated entries from the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, which is available to readers through libraries in over 50 countries.


  • Chapelle, C. A. (forthcoming).  Linguistic landscape images and Quebec’s cultural narrative in French textbooks. In D. Malinowski, H. Maxim, & S. Dubreil (Eds.) Language teaching in the linguistic landscape. New York: Springer.
  • Chapelle, C. A. (2020). Standard language hegemony in French language teaching in the United States. Critical Multilingualism Studies, 8(1), 197–226.
  • Couture Gagnon , A., & Chapelle, C. A. (2019). Opération Amérique:  Québec’s Soft Power Applied to French Language Teaching in the United States.  American Review of Canadian Studies, 49(3), 413-427.
  • Chapelle, C.A. (2019). Technology-mediated language learning.  J. W. Schwieter, & A. Benati, (Eds.)  The Cambridge handbook of second language learning.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 
  • Chapelle, C. A. (2019).  Recalibrating content-related strategies for language learning in the digital age. In Barr, D., Bañados, E., & Gomez, A. (Eds.). CALLing all the CALLers Worldwide: Proceedings WorldCALL 2018 Concepción, Chile, November, 13-16, 2018 (pp. 13-17).  Concepción, Chile: University of Concepción.
  • Knoch, U., & Chapelle, C.A. (2017).  Validation of rating processes within an argument-based framework.  Language Testing, 2018, 35(4), 477–499.
  • Chapelle, C. A., & Voss, E.  (2016).  20 Years of Technology and Language Assessment, Language Learning & Technology, 20(2), 116–128.
  • Chapelle, C.A., Cotos, E., & Lee, J.  (2015).  Diagnostic assessment with automated writing evaluation:  A look at validity arguments for new classroom assessments, Language Testing, 32(3) 385-405
  • Chapelle, C. A., & Sauro, S.  (Eds.) (2017).  The handbook of technology and second language teaching and learning.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Book: Technology and Second Language Teaching and Learning