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Language Testing for Education

Language testing geared for education provides indicators of the language abilities of a student or teacher. Education uses several types of language testing to examine people in different roles for language proficiency. Determining the role of the person who could benefit from a language test is key. Institutions test language educators before allowing them to […]

Language Testing for Immigration

In order to become a U.S. citizen, applicants must pass a two-part naturalization test. Part one is an English test aimed at assessing immigrants’ language skills, including their ability to read, write, listen, and speak in English. Part two is a civics test that evaluates immigrants’ knowledge of the U.S. government and history. In this […]

How to Conduct Language Testing for Employment

Recruiters can test language proficiency to determine which candidates are the best fit for certain roles. ALTA offers language testing for employment in over 100+ languages. Employers need to know how well a candidate can communicate in a certain language before making a hiring decision. Conducting language testing for employment can help you figure out […]

What is Language Testing?

The assessment of communication proficiency is a rigorous process that requires conducting wide categories of language testing. For the certification of communication proficiency, many institutions have subjected their recruits to various language proficiency testing to discover the candidate’s ability. Here at ALTA, our language test cuts across multiple language skills, including writing, reading, speaking, and […]

What is social communication, and why is it so important?

We use it every time we go to a party, talk to a colleague, make a phone call, or go through the checkout line at the grocery store. Social communication is otherwise defined as the set of verbal and nonverbal skills we employ to navigate all social interactions. For many people, social communication can be […]

Stuttering: Symptoms, Causes, and Perspectives in Treatment

Did you know that around one percent of adults stutter, while up to five percent of children go through a period of stuttering? Stuttering, also referred to as ‘fluency disorder,’ is one of the most common speech disorders and one of only a handful that often presents across the lifespan, from childhood to adolescence and […]

Best Non-English-Language Films at the Golden Globes 

The 80th Golden Globe Awards were held on January 10, 2023, following years of controversies for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The organization behind the Golden Globes had become known for its lack of diversity and corruption allegations. A 2021 Los Angeles Times article reported that no Black members of the HFPA contributed to […]

Language Barriers in Healthcare Access

A new report published by The Urban Institute highlights the challenges many Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) face in healthcare access related to Limited English Proficiency (LEP). The report found that more than half of all AANHPI adults had LEP. And even when medical interpreters are provided, AANHPI individuals speak a variety of […]

Do Accent Reduction Classes Work?

If speaking a second language was easy, many more people would speak several fluently. Although it’s not a short path, the road to second language proficiency is filled with interesting patterns. One fascinating pattern is that although non-native speakers may have a larger vocabulary and better grammar than some native speakers, they may still speak […]

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