This guide is for students who wish to get an idea of what speaking proficiency is, what the guidelines are for speaking proficiency, and what kinds of outcomes can be expected after different amounts of Arabic study. It can also be used by instructors who are looking for similar information. Examples of students at different levels are provided, as are rater comments of the examples. The website includes a list of resources for further instruction and information regarding oral proficiency.
The CAL Oral Proficiency Exam (COPE) measures listening and speaking skills and is offered for various languages, Arabic being one of them. The exam can be administered to students at an intermediate proficiency level in the 5-7th grade. The length of the exam is 15-20 minutes per pair of students.
The CAST exam measures speaking skills and is offered for various languages, Arabic being one of them. The exam can be administered to students at an intermediate and advanced proficiency level who are in the 10-12th grade, students in college, and to professionals. The length of the exam is 30 minutes and it is rated by a CAST assessor or by a teacher/reviewer. The exams are anonymous and results are sent by e-mail automatically after rating.
The Classroom Oral Competency Interview (COCI) exam tests for listening and speaking skills and is offered for any language. The exam can be administered to students in 6-12th grade as well as in college. The length of the exam is 5-7 minutes. The exam consists of a face to face interview and the result reported is a proficiency level.
The Language Policy Research Network (LPREN) is an international organization of researchers, scholars, and stakeholders in the field of educational language policy. LPREN Ős mission is to connect a global network of researchers, scholars, and stakeholders dedicated to providing information, advocacy, and outreach around issues of language policy. Links to various journals, university research, and independent research are provided.
The andut website provides up-to-date resources and guidance on foreign language learning in grades PreKĐ8, with the intention that such information will help provide a strong foundation for long-term language instruction. The website offers multiple links to other resources, such as a searchable database for early language learning schools and teaching resources. A listserv is available as well via the website.