Pearson Unveils New Automated Test of Spoken Arabic

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Sat Feb 28 01:30:40 UTC 2009

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Pearson Unveils New Automated Test of Spoken Arabic

Pearson Unveils New Automated Test of Spoken Arabic, Developed for
U.S. Defense Language Institute

The Arabic language is spoken by more than 300 million people
worldwide. As Middle Eastern nations play an increasingly important
role in our global economy, Arabic speakers are in high demand in
international corporations and organizations such as the United
Nations, the World Bank and foreign aid agencies. Today Pearson
unveiled a new automated test of spoken Arabic that will allow
organizations to accurately and efficiently evaluate the language
skills of candidates for employment or participants in language
training programs.

The automated test is the result of a Pearson development project
supported in part by the U.S. Defense Language Institute (DLI) Foreign
Language Center in Monterey, Calif. The new language assessment, the
Versant(tm) Arabic Test, is now commercially available for government
agencies, corporations or universities to use for evaluating spoken
Arabic language skills. DLI turned to Pearson because of its proven
expertise in the development of reliable and technologically advanced
automated language assessments.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at


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