Accession Number:

ADA634214

Title:

Special Operations Forces Language and Culture Needs Assessment Project: Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB): Perspectives from the Field

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC

Report Date:

2010-09-29

Pagination or Media Count:

45.0

Abstract:

The Defense Language Aptitude Battery DLAB is used by the Special Operations Forces SOF community to assign personnel to language training. This report examined SOF operators and SOF leaders attitudes toward the DLAB, including their perceptions of test fairness and accuracy. Results from survey responses and focus groups indicated that 38 of study participants considered the DLAB to be an accurate language learning aptitude tool and that it should be used for language assignment. Participants noted that perceptions of unfairness are likely due to lack of knowledge regarding what DLAB assesses and how it is used in the language assignment process, beliefs that the DLAB does not measure all aspects of language learning aptitude or measures skills unrelated to language learning aptitude, or negative testing experiences e.g., testing conditions. Implications, recommendations, and future directions, including the introduction of the DLAB 2, are also presented.

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Psychology
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE