English has become a tool for international communication. Speakers from a variety of native languages use English to communicate with one another in a wide variety of situations and for a wide variety of purposes. Because of this, the development of the English language proficiency of a country's citizens, beginning with their youngest students, is now recognized as an important educational goal in many countries of the world.
To help countries meet their goals in developing the English language proficiency of their citizens, CAL has developed useful assessments for both students and teachers of English.
The CAL English Proficiency Test for Teachers
Understanding the English language proficiency level of current and prospective teachers of English is critical to supporting their continued development of English language proficiency, as well as the development of the English language proficiency of their students. For this purpose, CAL has developed the CAL English Proficiency Test for Teachers to measure the English proficiency of teachers in all four language domains: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
The CAL English Proficiency Test (CAL-EPT) for Teachers is a suite of two tests (Speaking and Listening; Reading and Writing) designed to measure the current level of English language proficiency of teachers of English in order to provide diagnostic information that can support teachers in their further language and professional development.
Performances on the assessment are interpreted in terms of the proficiency levels defined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) (Council of Europe, 2011). They can also be interpreted in terms of the levels of the Certificación Nacional de Nivel de Idioma (CENNI) (Secretaría de Educación Pública, Mexico). The assessment focuses on CEFR levels A1 – B2 (CENNI levels Inicial – Intermedio Superior; sublevels 2-13), as B2 is often a minimum level recommended for teachers of English. A score of “Above B2” may also be obtained. The aim of the test is to provide teachers with the information they need to take the next step in their language learning and professional growth. The assessment has been approved for use by the ministries of education in multiple Latin American countries.
The CAL EPT for Teachers: Reading and Writing
The CAL EPT for Teachers: Reading and Writing uses a variety of tasks to measure the ability of adult, nonnative English learners to read and write in English. This paper and pencil test may be administered to groups or individuals. The test consists of 11 timed parts of different duration with a maximum testing time of 90 minutes, with additional time for registration and instructions. In the reading component of test, examinees answer multiple choice questions. The writing component of the test involves providing extended answers.
The CAL EPT for Teachers: Speaking and Listening
The CAL EPT for Teachers: Speaking and Listening is a computer-adaptive test in which the test items are delivered via computer. In this face-to-face, one-on-one oral interview, the test administrator asks the examinee a question presented on the computer screen, listens to the examinee’s response, uses the scoring rubric to determine the appropriate scores for that test item, and enters the scores into the computer. The computer then selects the next test item, choosing items most appropriate for the examinee according to the scores entered for previous responses.
After teachers have taken the test, CAL will provide the educational organization that requested the testing with individual and group results for all examinees from a given test administration. CAL has developed materials and training for test administrators on how to effectively administer this assessment.
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