Maria McCormack is a Senior Lecturer in Language and Associate Director for Curriculum & Assessment who has been teaching in the American Language Program since 1996. She holds a B.A. magna cum laude in German and European Area Studies from the American University in Washington, D.C.; an M.A. in International Education Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.Ed. in Applied Linguistics (specialization in language assessment) from Teachers College as well. McCormack teaches academic ESL courses ranging from intermediate to advanced, and specializes in pronunciation and academic writing. She regularly teaches a Training Course for International Teaching Fellows -- international doctoral students who are preparing to teach undergraduates at Columbia. McCormack’s research interests include pragmatics, language proficiency scaling, and Natural Language Processing applications to language teaching and assessment. Her departmental work involves the description of ALP language proficiency levels and the connection between course goals, curriculum, and student achievement. Also active in designing English language examinations for the ALP, McCormack wants language tests to contribute to student learning.