ERIC Number: ED332518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Finnish Foreign Language Diploma for Professional Purposes.
Langille, John; And Others
The Finnish Foreign Language Diploma for Professional Purposes, which tests English language skills, is described. The examination is intended for both individuals desiring certification of their knowledge and ability to use English in a professional context and for employers wanting independent evaluation for selection purposes. It measures ability at three levels, is accredited by a board representing academic and business interests, was designed by the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland), and is administered jointly by three agencies, including the university. The test consists of a variety of common and job-specific tasks based on language needs identified by a survey of business and industry. The job-specific components are adjusted based on a questionnaire to which the prospective examinee responds and can be further specialized by job description. The examination evaluates both written and oral comprehension and production. It takes 4-5 hours, and includes a half-hour of videotaped oral interviews and presentation. The oral testing team, a national network, is trained in workshops and the videotapes are reviewed for improvement of the testing technique. The candidate registers for the test at least one month before administration, and certificates are issued one month after administration. Evaluation criteria and questionnaires for both examinees and employers are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Business Administration, Certification, English (Second Language), Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Language Tests, Languages for Special Purposes, Listening Comprehension, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Reading Comprehension, Reading Skills, Second Language Programs, Test Construction, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Academic Committee for Research on Language Testing Symposium (9th, Israel, April 25-27, 1990).