The MO Team have created a template for language research assignment with a rubric. You can use them in your courses to encourage your students to share research findings widely.

You can download the exact rubrics with which each contributions are evaluated:

Language Research Communication Assignment

Blue notes are clarifications for professors.

We provide two options for how MO can be incorporated into your course(s).

Option 1: Language Research Communication Assignment (__ %) 

We think 5 or 10% is an appropriate percentage of the grade. Alternative names: “Research Summary”

Description: As a language professional, you are expected to keep yourself informed of the latest research findings in the field by reading academic articles and sharing them with your colleagues or students. This assignment aims to help you develop an ability to critically read research articles, accurately summarize the articles, and effectively communicate the findings to a general audience who are interested in language research but may not necessarily have the privilege to access academic journals. You will be asked to (1) select a published article from peer-reviewed journals which you believe has practical, pedagogical, or clinical importance for the general public; (2) present the article in an accessible and concise format, such as an infographic, a videographic, a short text summary, a slide deck, or an audio/video podcast; and (3) share it with the class and/or submit it to Multiʻōlelo ( Your work will be assessed based on accuracy and accessibility (detailed in the coming guidelines).

This assignment summary above can be included in the syllabus to provide students with an overview of the assignment. 

Purpose: By completing this assignment, you will learn

  • to critically read and accurately summarize research in applied linguistics for your academic and professional study. (e.g., writing literature review,) 
  • to effectively communicate research findings to the general audience who are interested in language research including, but not limited to, policy makers, educators, parents, students.


  • Select a published article from peer-reviewed journals which you believe that it can inform the general public, particularly its practical/pedagogical/clinical contributions. This may be an article from class or relevant to the course.
  • Present the article in an accessible and concise format including (but not limited to): an infographic, a videographic, a written brief, a slide deck, an audio/video podcast 
  • Submit your work to Multiʻōlelo (check the guidelines on MO website)


Your summary will be assessed on two criteria: 

1. Accessibility. Is the summary easy-to-read? When specific terminologies are introduced, are they followed by a simple explanation in non-specialist terms?

2. Accuracy

Content: Does the summary content accurately reflect the content of the original article?

Language: Is the summary free of grammatical, mechanical, and spelling errors?

Format: Does the summary follow the format set out by Multiʻōlelo (e.g., title, summary, method, implications). Does it include a citation of the original article in APA style?

Option 2: Extra-Credit (____%)

We think it is a good idea to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to write up an accessible summary of an article they have read in your class and publish it on MO so that many people can benefit from their work. We recommend 3% as an appropriate percentage for incentivizing the students.

Description: You may earn extra credit towards your final grade by submitting a one-page research summary to Multiʻōlelo — a platform that promotes multilingualism in research dissemination. You are encouraged to contribute summaries in the form of text, infographics, video, audio, or slideshow in any language. Your submissions will be reviewed, and extra revisions might be required. You must submit evidence of an accepted work to me by [SPECIFIC DATE] to receive credit. Please see for more details.


How to write an accessible summary:

How to make an infographics: