Jonathan Trace

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Short BiographyEducation:
Ph.D. in Second Language Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

M.A. in Second Language Studies, , University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

B.A. in Philosophy (minor in Japanese), Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Selected Teaching Experience:
Lecturer, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Lead Instructor, English Language Institute, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Assistant Language Teacher, Orio Senior High School, Kitakyushu
Areas of ExpertiseApplied linguistics: language assessment, curriculum development, listening & speaking, and program evaluation
AffiliationsInternational Language Testing Association (ILTA), American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT)
Selected PublicationsBrown, J. D., & Trace, J. (under contract). Fifteen ways to improve classroom assessment. In E. Hinkel (Ed.), Handbook of research in second language teaching and learning. New York: Routledge.

Brown J. D., & Trace, J. (under contract). Examining listening comprehension across measures of scripted and connected speech. In E. Wagner & G. Ockey (Eds.), Emerging issues in the assessment of second language listening. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: John Benjamins.

Meier, V., Trace, J. & Janssen, G. (in press). Principled rubric adoption and adaptation: One multi-method case study. In J. Banerjee & D. Tsagari (Eds.), Contemporary second language assessment. New York: Continuum.

Trace, J., Meier, V., & Janssen, G. (accepted for publication). “I can see that”: Developing shared rubric category interpretations through score negotiation. Assessing Writing.

Trace, J., Brown, J. D., Janssen, G., & Kozhevnikova, L. (2016). Relationships among cloze item difficulties, item and passage characteristics, and language background. Language Testing. doi:10.1177/0265532215623581

Janssen, G., Meier, V., & Trace, J. (2015). Building a better rubric: Towards a more robust description of academic writing proficiency. Assessing Writing, 26(1), 51-66. doi:10.1016/j.asw.2015.07.002

Trace, J., Hudson, T., & Brown, J. D. (2015). Developing courses in languages for specific purposes. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i, National Foreign Language Resource Center. Available at

Trace, J., Janssen, G., & Meier, V. (2015). Measuring the impact of rater negotiation in writing performance assessment. Language Testing. doi:10.1177/0265532215594830.
Message to StudentsLanguage learning should be a practical endeavor, so let’s discover how English can be useful in our lives.
Contact Information5322 Endo Fujisawa, Kanagawa 252-0882 Japan
Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus