The ability to communicate effectively is a fundamental requirement for any professional position and increasingly, the definition of this skill is expanding to include proficiency in more than one language. As the need for foreign language communication continues to grow, your organization faces the challenge of identifying qualified personnel versus spending valuable resources hiring and training individuals who may not meet this minimum requirement. The task of quickly but thoroughly evaluating language ability plays a key role in this decision, and it requires experience and knowledge that you may not have in-house.
- Do you have a position with a bilingual skill requirement but don’t have the resources to verify the fluency of your applicants?
- Are you contemplating an investment in language training for a key employee but aren’t certain you will be able to evaluate their proficiency at the end of the course?
Since 1998, we have provided end-of-course and ad hoc language skills assessments for organizations and individuals seeking to verify or validate language proficiency. We currently provide language skills assessment services for corporate clients including CACI, SAIC, L3-Corp, Exxon Mobil and Northrop Grumman; and for Federal and local government entities including the US Department of State and Fairfax County, VA.
The language skills assessment methodologies we employ are based on the time-tested methods developed at the US Department of State Foreign Service Institute and the Defense Language Institute. The results of both methodologies are expressed through standards developed by the Federal Interagency Language Roundtable or ILR, and are provided by means of a numeric score that equates to clearly identifiable language skills at various levels. Independent scores are given for different proficiency elements, such as speaking, reading, and writing.
We also develop language skills assessment instruments for companies and government organizations that wish to administer the tests themselves. The assessments derived from this process are also based on the ILR scale.