Academic Resources

  1. Talking Toys: Helping or Hurting Young Language Learners?

    Talking Toys: Helping or Hurting Young Language Learners?
    A new and very interesting study in JAMA Pediatrics discovered that toys marketed as language promoters don’t prove to be so in most cases. In fact, the study found that these toys in fact, hindered the language learning process in young children. Professor Anna Sosa, of Northern Arizona University, led the study and provided participating families three different types...
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  2. Will the US Become a Bilingual Country?

    Will the US Become a Bilingual Country?
    In the U.S., speaking more than one language fluently is not very common – except in Los Angeles, California.The city has one of the largest populations in the U.S. of young people between the ages of 18 and 34. This generation is often called millennials. More than half of millennials in Los Angeles are bilingual, which means they speak more...
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  3. Measuring English Proficiency in Real-World Situations

    Measuring English Proficiency in Real-World Situations
    Trust — but verify. We trust that English language learners are gaining something through their studies, but how do we verify what they actually can do with their language skills? We may believe that a job candidate has the language ability to take a certain position, but where is the proof? The answer comes through evaluation of language proficiency...
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  4. Groundbreaking Study from ACTFL Measures Listening and Reading

    Groundbreaking Study from ACTFL Measures Listening and Reading
    Fifty years ago, John B. Carroll undertook a landmark study analyzing the oral proficiency of students in language programs in the United States. The often-cited article on his research, “Foreign Language Proficiency Levels Attained by Language Majors Near Graduation from College,” appeared in Foreign Language Annals in 1967—the first year of the journal’s publication. The impact on the language education...
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  5. 6 Jobs for Bilingual Job Seekers

    6 Jobs for Bilingual Job Seekers
    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half of the total U.S. population growth between 2000 and 2010 was due to the increase in the Hispanic population. From 1980-2007, the percentage of people whose first language is not English grew by 140 percent, while the nation's overall population grew by 34 percent. As these segments of the population...
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  6. ACTFL Language Testing

    ACTFL Language Testing
    Language Testing International is the exclusive licensee of exams produced by the foremost authority on foreign language acquisition in the United States – ACTFL, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Decades of research demonstrate unequivocally that ACTFL’s language tests are second to none. By combining decades of experience with cutting edge technology, ACTFL and LTI’s proficiency tests...
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  7. English Language Proficiency Exams

    English Language Proficiency Exams
    English language proficiency exams are one way that you can accurately place candidates and employees in your company or institution.  With many employees coming to the workplace with multilingual skills, it is important to ascertain whether or not those same employees have proficiency in English, the most important language in the United States.  While having candidates that can speak other...
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  8. Language Proficiency Assessments

    Valid and Reliable Language Proficiency Assessments Language proficiency assessments from Language Testing International – whether of reading, speaking, writing or listening - are the pinnacle in language proficiency testing. Our exams focus on language proficiency rather than knowledge, and meet all of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) requirements. As such, our proficiency assessments represent...
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  9. Language Proficiency Exams

    Language Proficiency Exams
    Over 20 Years of Experience with Language Proficiency Exams  Language proficiency exams are generally considered the best way to measure an employee or teaching candidate’s ability to effectively use a language in a professional setting.  Many individuals, both those employed and those seeking employment,  list multi-lingual skills as one of their employment assets. It is difficult to tell from...
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  10. Language Testing and Assessment

    Language Testing and Assessment
    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...
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