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EUROPEAN LANGUAGE PORTFOLIO & GLOBAL LANGUAGE PORTFOLIO. Title VI 50 th Anniversary Conference (March 19, 2009) Patricia W. Cummins Virginia Commonwealth University pcummins@vcu.edu. Assessing Language Skills and Intercultural Competence. American Language Rating Scales

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EUROPEAN LANGUAGE PORTFOLIO & GLOBAL LANGUAGE PORTFOLIO

Title VI 50th Anniversary Conference (March 19, 2009)

Patricia W. Cummins

Virginia Commonwealth University

pcummins@vcu.edu

assessing language skills and intercultural competence
Assessing Language Skills and Intercultural Competence
  • American Language Rating Scales
  • European Language Rating Scales
  • Evaluating Intercultural Competence
  • Self assessment / formal testing
  • Europass or Global Language Portfolio
u s government interagency language roundtable ilr scale
U. S. Government Interagency Language Roundtable(ILR) Scale
  • 0 or 0+ -- Novice level
  • 1 or 1+ -- Intermediate level
  • 2 or 2+ -- Advanced level (minimal working proficiency / business equivalents)
  • 3 or 3+ -- Superior (full working proficiency)
  • 4 or 4+ -- Distinguished (translator/interpreter)
american national standards
American National Standards
  • National Standards Collaborative – ACTFL+ others
  • ACTFL-ETS Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening
    • Novice (Low, Mid, High)
    • Intermediate(Low, Mid, High)
    • Advanced(Low, Mid, High)
    • Superior
    • Distinguished
  • FIVE C’s -- Communication + Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, Communities
common framework council of europe european union
COMMON FRAMEWORKCouncil of Europe / European Union
  • BASIC USERS (A1 and A2)
  • INDEPENDENT USERS (B1 and B2)
  • PROFICIENT USERS (C1 and C2)
  • European tests all use this scale– e.g., Alliance Française / Goethe Institut
european language portfolio
European Language Portfolio
  • Skill assessment – common framework
  • Language passport summary
  • Language biography self assessment checklists (what you “can do” by level)
  • Language dossier – official certifications and tests + oral and written samples
europass used in language culture assessment by employers
Europass used in language / culture assessment by employers
  • EuropassLanguage Passport -- summary of language skills and cultural experiences
  • Europass Standard cv
  • Diploma supplements and tools
  • http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/
global language portfolio http www globallanguageportfolio com
Global Language Portfoliohttp://www.globallanguageportfolio.com
global language portfolio
Global Language Portfolio
  • Welcome Page
  • Language Passport
  • Language Biography
  • Dossier
global language portfolio european vs global assessment
Global Language Portfolio European vs. Global Assessment
  • Global Language Passport referencing American and European rating scales
  • Assessment of current skills and future goals (Language Biography checklists)
  • Dossier to document certifications or test results, plus oral and written samples
global language portfolio web site
Global Language Portfolio Web Site
  • Learning – personal goals and planning strategies based on self-assessments
  • Teaching – textbooks, planned activities
  • Assessment – based on self-assessment and formal testing or certification
writing job descriptions and screening applicants
Writing job descriptions and screening applicants
  • Determine what language skills are needed for a specific open position.
  • Assess skills of employees / job applicants based on “can do” checklists.
  • Use American or European rating levels in job descriptions / evaluation process.
language training preparation for international assignments
Language training & preparation for international assignments
  • Establish realistic time tables to achieve language skill levels.
  • Match training programs or software to goals identified in “can do” statements.
  • Match testing and certifications to skills
  • Tailor training to meet language needs.
hiring and training culturally competent managers
Hiring and training culturally competent managers
  • How comfortable are audience members?
  • Pre-survey used for course on Language and Identity in the Arab World
  • Suggested readings and self-help books on handout