Dr. Charles Stansfield founded LLTF in 2003 as a vehicle for promoting research on the assessment of language learners and for publishing measures of language aptitude. LLTF was incorporated in Maryland as a private operating foundation. LLTF’s application for nonprofit charitable status was approved by the IRS. LLTF is funded through public donations, grants, contracts, and through the sale of its products.
Dr. Charles Stansfield is an authority on second language testing. During his 40 year career, he has been a secondary school teacher of Spanish, a tenured professor of Spanish and teacher trainer at the University of Colorado, a test program administrator at Educational Testing Service, director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, and director of the Division of Foreign Language Education and Testing at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC.
Dr. Stansfield has developed and published proficiency tests in English as a second language in 15 other languages. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books and research monographs and 50 research articles published in professional journals. He has served as or is currently a member of the editorial boards of Language Testing, the Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Quarterly, and the Modern Language Journal.