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Lorena Llosa

Professor of Education

Teaching and Learning

Lorena Llosa is a Professor of Education in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Trained as an applied linguist, she studies the teaching, learning, and assessment of English learners’ content and language proficiency. The overarching goal of her research is to enhance the educational opportunities of English learners in K-16 contexts.  Her studies have focused on standards-based classroom assessments of language proficiency, assessment of academic writing, and the integration of language and content in instruction and assessment. Dr. Llosa has served as Co-PI of a large, multi-site, multi-year efficacy study of a science intervention for English learners, and of two NSF-funded projects to develop science curricula and assessments that support English learners’ science learning, computational thinking, and language development.  She is currently one of the lead investigators of the $10-million IES-funded Center for the Success of English Learners.

Dr. Llosa’s work has been published in prominent peer-reviewed journals including Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, Educational AssessmentLanguage Teaching Research, Language Learningand the American Educational Research Journal. Dr. Llosa is associate editor of the American Educational Research Journal and serves as Chair of the TOEFL Committee of Examiners. In 2019 she was awarded the AERA Second Language Research SIG Mid-Career Award.

Dr. Llosa serves as affiliated faculty for NYU's IES-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Training program. Prospective doctoral students are encouraged to check out this unique program and if interested, express that interest in their applications.

Selected Publications

  • Llosa, L., Grapin, S. E., & Haas, A. (in press). Four types of embedded formative assessment in the science classroom with English learners. Science and Children.
  • Grapin, S. E. & Llosa, L. (in press). Multimodal assessment of English learners and their peers in science. Educational Assessment.
  • Grapin, S. E. & Llosa, L. (2021). Dynamic assessment of English learners in the content areas: An exploratory study in fifth-grade science. TESOL Quarterly.
  • Haas, A. Grapin, S., Simon, C., Llosa, L., & Lee, O. (2021). Integrating computational modeling into science instruction with English learners. Science and Children, 58(5), 74-79.
  • Grapin, S.E., Llosa, L., Haas, A., & Lee, O. (2021). Rethinking instructional strategies with English learners in the content areas in light of contemporary perspectives on content and language learning. TESOL Journal, 12(2), 1-12.
  • Llosa, L., Grapin, S. E., Friginal, E., Cushing, S. T., & Malone, M.E. (2020). Linguistic dimensions of TOEFL iBT essays compared with successful student disciplinary writing. TESOL Quarterly, 54(1), 251-265.
  • Llosa, L. & Malone, M. E. (2019). Comparability of students’ writing performance on TOEFL iBT and in university writing courses. Language Testing36(2), 235-263.
  • Lee, O., Llosa, L., Grapin, S. E., Haas, A., & Goggins, M. (2019). Science and language integration with English learners: A conceptual framework guiding instructional materials development. Science Education,103, 317-337.
  • Beck, S., Llosa, L., Black, K., & Anderson, A.T.G. (2018). From assessing to teaching writing: What teachers prioritize. Assessing Writing, 37, 68-77.
  • Llosa, L., Lee, O., Jiang, F., Haas, A., O’Connor, C., Van Booven, C. D., & Kieffer, M. J. (2016). Impact of a large-scale science intervention focused on English language learners. American Educational Research Journal, 53(2), 395-424.
  • Llosa, L., Kieffer, M. J., & Lee, O. (2016). How can educational systems better serve English learners? White Paper. NYU Steinhardt.


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