Panel reviews items for Test of Advanced Language Ability

An expert panel consisting of experienced language test developers and seasoned teachers met recently at the Vaal Triangle campus of North-West University to review progress with the development of a new test. The Test of Advanced Language Ability (TALA) and its Afrikaans equivalent, the Toets van Gevorderde Taalvaardigheid (TOGTAV), are in the process of being developed and refined. The test items for the refinement of TALA received particular scrutiny. TALA and TOGTAV will form part of the Home Languages project that ICELDA is currently undertaking for Umalusi (South Africa’s Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education). The project investigates problematic aspects of the exit examinations in Home Languages in Grade 12, and will make recommendations for the improvement both of the assessment design of the current three papers. In particular, ICELDA hopes to come forward with a sound, theoretically defensible set of alternatives to ensure greater fairness.


Pictured, from left to right, are:

Dr Avasha Rambiritch (UP), Prof. Johann van der Walt (NWU), Biki Lepota (Umalusi), Colleen du Plessis (UFS), Dr Gustav Butler (NWU), Anneke Butler (NWU), Prof. Albert Weideman (CEO, ICELDA), Johannes Mahlasela (NWU) and Sanet Steyn (UFS).

Originally posted on 23 July 2013.