Evaluating DLAB as a Predictor of Foreign Language Learning
SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC
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This report evaluates the relationship between language learning aptitude and foreign language proficiency in the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces ARSOF community. The Defense Language Aptitude Battery DLAB is an assessment of language learning aptitude that is widely used in the ARSOF community for the purposes of selection and language training placement. This report includes two studies Study 1 documents the relationship between DLAB scores and foreign language proficiency attainment during initial acquisition training IAT at the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School USAJFKSWCS Study 2 shows the relationship between DLAB scores and foreign language proficiency attainment over the duration of an ARSOF operators career. The findings of Study 1 indicate that DLAB scores are predictive of the level of speaking proficiency trainees attain during IAT. Trainees with higher DLAB scores were more likely to attain higher speaking proficiency than lower DLAB trainees. Study 2 findings indicate that DLAB scores are predictive of the maximum proficiency ARSOF operators attain over the duration of their careers. Operators with higher DLAB scores tend to attain higher levels of proficiency than those with lower DLAB scores. These findings will help inform the use of DLAB scores for IAT language placement.
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