In order to meet minimum standards set by our profession, community and medical interpreters alike are moving toward achieving certification and credentials. SWITS wants to ensure that spoken language interpreters are prepared to comply with these standards.
In addition to our Equal Footing training program, now recognized by and accredited through IMIA, SWITS will now be proctoring exams through Language Testing International (LTI). This type of language proficiency testing gauges an applicant’s functional language ability in a given language. The exam uses a conversational format, using the the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale.
“The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines are a description of what individuals can do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening, and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context. For each skill, these guidelines identify five major levels of proficiency: Distinguished, Superior, Advanced, Intermediate, and Novice” (ACTFL website).
We are excited to add LTI proficiency testing to the services we provide, both to our employees, and to our community. Proficiency testing is a fair and effective method of determining the practical skill level of our interpreters, and will help to ensure that we continue to provide excellent language services.