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May 26, 2010 Round-Up: Language Proficiency & Testing

Wed, May 26, 2010
  • Orlando Kelm on Language Power Struggles (
    "To follow up my recent massive post on Language Power Struggles, I’d like to highlight the responses of Dr. Orlando Kelm, a professor of linguistics, teacher of many years, and learner of multiple languages."
  • Update: Driving the definition of standards for language proficiency tests (National Language Service Corps)
    "...A year ago today [the author] blogged about our efforts to work within ASTM International to set standards for language proficiency tests. Yesterday, the foreign language proficiency sub-committee we organized met to make what we think are the final revisions to the draft standards document."
  • Talking Seriously With Children Is Good for Their Language Proficiency (Science Daily)
    "How adults approach children aged 3 to 6 years during conversations has a major influence on their language acquisition. Those who address children as fully-fledged conversation partners lay an early basis for the development of 'academic language', says Dutch researcher Lotte Henrichs."

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