Module 6: Putting It Together
Scenario - Business

Now that you have completed Understanding Assessment, you are ready to put your skills and knowledge to use. Throughout this tutorial you may have noticed references to CAL’s Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD).  This online directory of information about foreign language tests serves as a resource to members of the language education community.  With the information from this tutorial, you can evaluate the information in the FLAD and in other published materials to determine whether a test is right for your students.

 

This example will familiarize you with the FLAD so that you can use it for your own purposes.  Read the example below about Tane and follow the directions to help him find a test.

 

Tane works for an investment agency with an interest in developing markets overseas. The agency has branches in China, India, and the Middle East.  Tane is looking for a language test to use when hiring new employees to work in offices abroad.  Please click here to view part of his completed needs assessment.

What tests might be useful for Tane?  Use the information from his needs assessment to search the FLAD for tests.  You may not find a test that meets all of his needs.  Try searching for a test using some of the criteria listed in the needs assessment.

 

After Tane has identified tests which meet all or some of his needs, he has several questions related to practicality, reliability, validity, and impact.

 

Get out a sheet of paper and brainstorm some questions he might have.  Then click here to view the questions he could discuss with other stakeholders.

 


Positive Washback

Make sure the test that you use assesses language that employees will need on the job.  This will not only increase the validity of your test, it will ensure that you are able to hire people who have the language skills necessary for their positions.