July 21, 2013

Request for Participation: Less Commonly Taught Languages Assessments Field Testing

The American Councils for International Education has been selected to develop proficiency assessment tools for ten less commonly taught languages. We are currently inviting foreign language professors, university and professional students, and language speakers to participate in the exciting online field testing of reading and listening comprehension assessments in:

· Brazilian Portuguese
· Hindi
· Korean
· Mandarin Chinese
· Modern Standard Arabic
· Persian (Farsi)
· Russian
· Swahili
· Turkish
· Urdu

Participant Eligibility
· US-based university student or graduate (not currently enrolled in a Flagship or CLS program)
· Enrolled in second year or higher of college level target language OR Elementary-level proficiency equivalent to Level 1 or above on the ILR scale OR Intermediate low level or above on the ACTFL scale
· Heritage and native language speakers welcome to participate

Assessment participants will each receive a $20 Amazon.com e-gift card upon assessment completion. Proctoring professors will receive acknowledgement on the American Councils’ website and project-related technical reports, preliminary scores, and an honorarium $100.

Assessment Window
Tests will be available for administration online starting September 16, 2013 through October 14, 2013.

For more information, go to http://www.americancouncils.org/news/kf/Invitation_to_Participate_in_New_Proficiency_Assessments_for_Less_Commonly_Taught_Languages_

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