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Basic Inventory of Natural Languages - Cambodian

Test Name: Basic Inventory of Natural Languages - Cambodian
Publisher: CHECpoint Systems, Inc.
Publication Date: 1986
Test Type: Language Proficiency
Content: Speaking/Listening in L2
Language: Cambodian
Target Population: Native Speaker of Cambodian
Grade Level: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Administration Time: Untimed/Guidelines
Standardized: Yes
Purpose: Language Dominance; Placement; Proficiency

The Basic Inventory of Natural Languages (BINL) is a measure of oral language proficiency in Cambodian (as well as in 32 other languages) for students in grades K-12. It can be used for placement and the determination of language dominance. Test-taking skills are unnecessary for the examinee, since oral language is elicited through the use of large photographic posters. These posters depict scenes from a variety of cultures which can be discussed without reference to cultural specifics. Testing is done individually and takes ten minutes. There are two scoring options: Counting the number of target language words per sentence or calculating a score for linguistic complexity based on a point system. The latter can be done on a computer program if desired. For each grade level, scores are classified as Non-Cambodian Speaking, Limited-Cambodian Speaking, Fluent Cambodian Speaking, and Proficient Cambodian Speaking. Claims of validity are based on theoretical arguments about the nature of language rather than on statistical research. Estimates of reliability are not part of the EAC East collection.

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