Language Proficiency

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

    World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
    The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages define the central role of world languages in the learning career of every student. The five goal areas of the Standards establish an inextricable link between communication and culture, which is applied in making connections and comparisons and in using this competence to be part of local and global communities. The World-Readiness Standards...
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  5. 10 Tips to Ace Your Job Interview

    10 Tips to Ace Your Job Interview
    The start of the New Year is always prime time for employers to look for and hire new talent. So how can you be best prepared? View the list below for some helpful tips:           Do your research. Visit the website of the company you’re interviewing with and understand...
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Connecting With The Hispanic Market Through Language & Culture

    Connecting With The Hispanic Market Through Language & Culture
    Corporate America has awakened to the monumental importance of the Hispanic consumer and their growing purchasing power, which by end of this year is estimated to reach between $1-$1.5 trillion dollars. Companies are realizing this is a market that can’t be ignored and that if they don’t act now the chance to capture it may be lost. Those who’ve succeeded...
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  9. 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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  10. Foreign Language Proficiency Exam

    Foreign Language Proficiency Exam
    There are many reasons you and your organization may want someone to take a foreign language proficiency exam. Perhaps you are working with particular ethnic communities within your own country, or maybe you need to communicate with firms overseas. Your company may be expanding and opening offices around the world. Whatever the reason may be, having an accurate understanding of...
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