This ungrading page is meant to be a space of exploration and collaboration, as well as a useful resource for language instructors who are interested in ungrading and other alternative forms of assessment. Our hope is that by decentering grades, we can put more focus on language learning.

The CLC first hosted a Roundtable Discussion on ungrading in the fall of 2021.

In the spring of 2022, we began a Faculty Learning Community on ungrading which meets monthly to discuss various topics related to ungrading. You can watch a recording of our first FLC meeting here.

Book on Ungrading: Call for Proposal

We are seeking chapter proposals for “Grading Less Learning More: Ungrading World Languages”, a forthcoming book focused on shifting educational focus from grading to learning by implementing ungrading in world languages education. This peer-reviewed guide aims to offer theoretical foundations, practical implementations, and the impact of ungrading to enhance student engagement and language acquisition.

2024 Ungrading Conference

Our online conference “Grading Less – Learning More through Ungrading in World Languages, Cultures, and Literatures” took place in January 2024. The sessions explored the potential of ungrading and alternative assessments in college-level language, literature, and culture courses, providing a forum for educators, and researchers to share their experiences and successful practices.

Ungrading in the Language Classroom: Decentering Grades to Focus on Learning

by Evgeny Dengub
Grading practices in education have come under scrutiny in recent years. Researchers have found that traditional grading systems with points and percentages may not accurately measure learning and can have detrimental effects on student motivation and learning (Cain et al., 2022). There is a growing movement towards ungrading – an approach that decenters grades in order to refocus on student learning. This article summarizes my experience implementing ungrading in university foreign language classes, including the rationale, methods, student perspectives, and lessons learned.

Resources for Ungrading Your Classroom

Professors Evgeny Dengub and Lori Mesrobian talk about what ungrading is and how to go gradeless in your classroom.

Professor Evgeny Dengub shares his ideas and practices on syllabus for the ungraded classroom and ways to assign the final grade.

Professor Yi-Hsen Liu talks about the concept of ‘delay grading‘.

Professor Lori Mesrobian shares her practices on ungrading participation.

The FLC collaborated on creating a resource list which will be updated periodically.

If you are interested in joining the conversation or contributing to our resource list, please contact Lori Mesrobian (

If you are interested in schedule a workshop for your school, please contact Evgeny Dengub (