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In a controversial move, Ottowan officials have proposed mandatory language testing for immigrants who want to enter Canada as skilled workers. As reported in The Toronto Star, supporters of the mandatory English and French proficiency tests claim that, “the measures would make the process of proving they can fluently speak […]

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Spanish medical interpretation can mean the difference between good and bad patient care for millions of Americans. According to a 2005 study conducted by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the number of elderly Latinos in the U.S. will climb to 13.8 million by 2050. The U.S. Census Bureau reports […]

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To verify that an employee or potential employee can speak or write another language at the appropriate level, you should use valid language testing. In most professional circumstances, it takes more than a simple interview: you need to be confident that the language testing methodology you employ is both valid […]

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Presently there are over 6,000 known living languages in the world. Over the years, I have compiled a list of several great websites that I use as starting points for language research. Recently, as part of a language testing project, I had to locate people capable of administering Speaking and […]

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Arabic has proven to be a difficult language to test. In Western countries, the intricacies of the Arabic language are not common knowledge. The idea of a diglossia, in particular, has little context in English and other Germanic languages and Romance languages. What is meant by diglossia is the co-existence […]

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Atlanta, GA – The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) contracted ALTA Language Services, Inc. (ALTA) to develop reading and listening tests that would serve to assess proficiency on the ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) scale, as well as to provide diagnostic feedback which will be used in recruitment, training, and other efforts.

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