There are four major categories of language testing and assessment that Language Testing International provides. As the exclusive test producer for ACTFL, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, LTI has been producing tests that maintain stringent levels of rigor and validity required for over two decades. Any company that offers a second language service must consider using these types of language tests in order to be a competitive employer, as companies typically offer extra incentives for second language skills. As such, you want to be able to ensure that you are getting your money’s worth by employing an individual who can effectively communicate in the second language.
The first element of language testing and assessment is the spoken test. Any company operating in a foreign country wants to make sure that their employees can effectively speak the language without major difficulty as well as being able to be completely understood. A spoken test measures not only how correct the test taker’s word choice is, but also their use of common vernacular, slang, and conversational tone and inflection. Given that they will be the face of your company, you want to be sure that they are the best representatives possible.
The second element of language testing and assessment is the listening test. Just as you want your employee to be able to effectively speak in the second language, you will want them to be able to understand what is being said to them. As you likely know, this is absolutely vital in any area where your company has to communicate in a second language. A misunderstanding could prove detrimental to your company’s profits and future in a given country or community.
The third part of the language testing and assessment is the reading test. This is an option if you need your employees to be able to read any kind of written communication. This could be anything from asking them to read incoming correspondence and emails to reading local technical manuals or legal documents. As such, LTI’s second language reading test measures their ability to read and understand a variety of informational texts as well as pieces of narrative fiction.
Finally, LTI measures the subject’s ability to write effectively in the second language; this encompasses a wide selection of skills related to grammatical rules as well as rhetorical skill in the additional language.
As a business owner, don’t you want to know that your employees have undergone the best and most rigorous language testing and assessment in the industry? Only Language Testing International can provide you with this kind of assurance.
Lisa March is a bilingual Marketing and Sales Executive. She works closely with LTI on strategic partnerships, business development and marketing. Her efforts help LTI scale the use and implementation of language assessments in schools, institutions, corporations and government agencies.