The Intellekt Group provides increased foreign language proficiency, using the Defense Language Proficiency Test 5 (DLPT5) standards to the DoD, delivering high quality, culturally trained students to enhance national security.
The problem is reaching the highest effective proficiency level relative to study, time, effort, and immersion. Based on our experience, and the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS), we know that reaching DLPT5 level 3, is the ideal proficiency level for language learning. Using modern techniques, interactive training, and 24/7/365 access in an online environment, Intellekt provides an efficient means of training students quickly and effectively.
One of the most difficult aspects of language training is reaching operational proficiency, which is why determining a student’s proficiency level is so important. An organization must determine reading, writing, and listening proficiency to get a truly accurate and comprehensive assessment of a student’s ability. This is why the DLPT was created. According to The Defense Language Institute (DLI), “The DLPT is designed to assess the general language proficiency in reading, writing, and listening of native speakers of English who have learned a foreign language as a second language. The DLPT5 tests measure proficiency as defined by the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Skill Level Descriptions, levels 0+ – 5.”
That scale is listed as follows:
- No Proficiency
- Elementary proficiency
- Limited working proficiency
- Professional working proficiency
- Full professional proficiency
- Native or bilingual proficiency
So, how can we operationalize our test results? For Intellekt, Foreign Language Proficiency means time on target, immersion programs and effective training. Time on target is key to getting better at a skill, any skill, foreign language is no different. For Example, simply watching “Life is Beautiful” does not constitute effective Language training in Italian. To be an effective practitioner of foreign language, the minimum level from an operational perspective is the Professional Working Proficiency or Level 3. At the Professional Working Proficiency Level, a student is able to “understand the essentials of all speech in a standard dialect including technical discussions within a special field and read within a normal range of speed and with almost complete comprehension a variety of authentic prose material on unfamiliar subjects.” An example of this would be the use of English, for nonnative speakers in the United Nations. Ambassadors are able to clearly define what message they are trying to convey. That is the level students need to achieve to be truly effective citizens of the world.
To reach this level of foreign language proficiency, Intellekt uses multiple methods of language training. We provide instructor to student training in a formal classroom environment. We provide audio and written training through the use of headsets and computer software. In addition, we also provide indirect self-paced training with 24/7/365 access in an online environment. All these methods support breathing and phrasing, vocalization and enunciation, articulation, rhythm, embouchure, tone and pitch, clarity, interpretation, and communication.
Through the use of effective language proficiency testing, The Intellekt Group is able to operationalize language training. The ability to effectively train and assess students is vital to the DoD and other agencies. Intellekt offers efficient and effective techniques to ensure ideal language proficiency at a reasonable cost. To learn more about how Intellekt can support your language training mission, contact us here.
Defense Language Institute. Defense Language Proficiency Test 5 System: Familiarization Guide. DLIFLC. Presidio of Monterey. Monterey, CA. Web. Retrieved from https://www.dliflc.edu/resources/dlpt-guides/