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Language Testing Seminar

The Language Testing Seminar (LTS) is the foundation course for English language professionals who will be responsible for developing tests to NATO standards. LTS participants become familiar with the STANAG 6001 descriptors and practice producing proficiency test items in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for levels 1-3. Participants learn the proficiency test development process to include the steps of drafting test specifications; selecting passages and texts; writing, moderating and revising items, and trialling tests.  Fundamental statistical concepts are introduced.

•    Duration: 2 weeks / Offered twice a year
Advanced Language Testing Seminar
The Advanced Language Testing Seminar (ALTS) is a highly technical three-week seminar for experienced STANAG 6001 test developers. The ALTS builds on the concepts presented in the foundation course, the Language Testing Seminar (LTS). The ALTS emphasizes STANAG 6001 standardization, testing levels 2+/3, moderating listening and reading items, practical exercises in conducting and rating speaking and writing tests, qualitative and quantitative analysis of tests and test data, sharing of lessons learned and best practices, and a discussion of common concerns, challenges, and trends in test administration/ management of a testing system. The ALTS follows a blended-learning approach with extensive pre-seminar assignments available through a Learning Management System (LMS) prior to the seminar.  The following in-residence modules take place over 3 weeks: Module 1, Receptive Skills Testing; Module 2, Productive Skills Testing; Module 3, Test Validation; and Module 4, Managerial Issues.

•    Duration: 3 weeks / Offered once a year

Both testing seminars are conducted by testing experts from BILC-member nations and take place at the Partner Language Training Center Europe (PLTCE) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Benchmark Advisory Test (BAT)

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Toolbox for Testers Speaking and Writing Proficiency Samples (IAW STANAG 6001)

Speaking Proficiency Snippets

  • The snippets below illustrate the speaking proficiency at different STANAG 6001 levels. Please note that final ratings cannot be assigned on the basis of a small sample of performance. These snippets were taken out of full oral proficiency interviews.

    Speaker Topic Rating
    Luis (#22) How he got the job 1+
    Sung (#16) Educational Background 2
    Oscar (#28) Role play: Lost luggage 1+
    Mildred (#30) Travel outside of one’s country 3
    Omar (#34) Teachers are born, not made 2+
    Guadalupe (#23) First days & weeks taking classes 1+
    Mildred (#29) Commuting and mass transit systems 3
Writing Samples
•    The writing samples in the downloadable PDF include examples of STANAG 6001 writing levels 0+, 1, 1+, 2, 2+ and 3.

  • Executive Summary
  • A Conceptual Model and Implications for Testing
    • This document is the product of the BILC Working Group on Level 4 proficiency. Its main purpose is to provide a comprehensive interpretation of language competence associated with Level 4 IAW STANAG 6001, Ed. 4. In addition, the paper discusses requirements for testing language competence at Level 4. The paper is intended to enhance the common understanding of the Level 4 descriptors of STANAG 6001. In addition, it can be used as a reference to assist language testers in developing valid, reliable, and practical language tests at Level 4.