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  1. ACTFL's MARTHA G. ABBOTT APPOINTED TO NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION BOARD

    ALEXANDRIA, VA -- ACTFL Executive Director Martha G. Abbott has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Security Education Board. “It is truly an honor to be appointed by the President to serve in this capacity on the National Security Education Board advising on the important work of building our nation's linguistic and cultural capacity,” Abbott said. “We...
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  2. THE OPIc ARRIVES IN CHINA

    THE OPIc ARRIVES IN CHINA
    The Oral Proficiency Interview computer system (OPIc), developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), was recently introduced in Shanghai to assist those seeking employment with international companies to demonstrate their proficiency. Currently, the OPIc covers 13 languages and five of them, English, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish, are now available in China. “The system was introduced in China because it...
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  3. Does Bilingualism in America Threaten the English Language?

    Does Bilingualism in America Threaten the English Language?
    English is in no danger of disappearing any time soon; it is firmly established both in America and in countries throughout the world. In fact, no language has ever held as strong a position in the world as English does today. Some people worry when they see Spanish showing up on billboards and pay phones, but in a neighborhood with...
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  4. Is Texting Killing the English Language?

    Is Texting Killing the English Language?
    Texting has long been accused as being the downfall of the written word, “penmanship for illiterates,” as one critic called it. To which the likely response is LOL. Proper testing is not writing at all — it’s actually more like the spoken language. It's a “spoken” language that is evolving and becoming more complex as time passes. But let's go back a...
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  5. Latest Anti-Discrimination Rules: Language Assistance for Non-English Speakers

    Latest Anti-Discrimination Rules: Language Assistance for Non-English Speakers
    On May 18, 2016, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its final rules implementing new anti-discrimination rules for Non-English Speakers within provisions of the Affordable Care Act § 1557. This is the first of several alerts discussing aspects of the new rule.  The alert focuses on those provisions requiring language assistance for persons with limited English proficiency; future alerts...
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  6. ACTFL ESTABLISHES CENTER FOR ASSESSMENT, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) announces the establishment of the ACTFL Center for Assessment, Research and Development. The ACTFL Board of Directors approved the proposal for the Center during its May 13-15 annual meeting. The mission of the Center is to support PK-12 schools and institutions of higher education in areas...
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  7. VISIT LTI @ SHRM (APRIL 18-20) BOOTH # 308

    VISIT LTI @ SHRM (APRIL 18-20) BOOTH # 308
    Visit LTI at Booth # 308 in Florida during the SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exhibition - 4/18-20. While here, take a spin at our Prize Wheel where you can win gift cards, free tests and much more! Speak with one of Language Testing professionals and learn how we work with the HR community to ensure the best hires. ...
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  8. VISIT LTI @ THE TESOL EXPO (APRIL 5-8) - BOOTH #633

    VISIT LTI @ THE TESOL EXPO (APRIL 5-8) - BOOTH #633
    Language Testing International is excited to once again participate and exhibit at TESOL this year. For those of you attending, be sure to stop by the LTI booth (#633) and speak to one of our Language Testing professionals. And don't forget to take a spin at our "PRIZE WHEEL" where everyone is guaranteed to win! We also urge you to attend our informative Workshop Sessions on...
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  9. IMPROVEMENTS TO AAPPL SHORTEN TEST SEGMENTS

    IMPROVEMENTS TO AAPPL SHORTEN TEST SEGMENTS
    Starting April 1, 2016, ACTFL has launched new updates to AAPPL, The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages. The changes shorten test segments by 10 minutes and impacts all three current levels that include: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. Due to these improvements, the test segments are now 20 minutes instead of 30 minutes. Each level (Novice, Intermediate, and...
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  10. Superior Social Skills Tied To Bilinguals

    Superior Social Skills Tied To Bilinguals
    It's well-known that being bilingual has  obvious advantages. Some of which are that it allows you to take advantage of new experiences new conversations.  But in recent years, psychology researchers have demonstrated some less obvious advantages of bilingualism, too. For instance, bilingual children may enjoy certain cognitive benefits, such as improved executive function — which is critical for problem solving and other mentally...
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