When it comes to defining a second-language learner’s proficiency, what options are there? Most of what is available is time consuming and expensive. However, the DIALANG project has developed a Web-based instrument that allows learners to assess their proficiency in, particularly EU, languages. The method is entirely ‘self-assessment’ as well as being self-managed, and makes use of a series of so-called ‘can-do’ statements on the basis of the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The CEFR consists of six levels of the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), and is becoming a widely used instrument to define targets of language proficiency in many European countries.
DIALANG realises the convenience of low-stakes computer aided language assessment, and even affords the opportunity for test takers to self-rate their own writing using a series of benchmarks (see Luoma and Tarnanen, 2003)
Try out the DIALANG test for your self here. Just select your language and download the programme. Note: you will nee to Install SUN Java Runtime Environment first.
More info on the CEFR here.
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