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The Chaos Management Skills Assessment Series: A Test Translation Case Study Episode 4 – Linguistic Quality Assurance and Optical Check

by Steve Dept, cApStAn CEO Readers of this informative series on good practice in test translation are aware that the Chaos Management Skills Assessment is a fictitious project, which we set up for the exclusive purpose of the series. The purpose is to illustrate the complexity of test translation and ...

Exophonic writing offers authors the chance “to cloak themselves in a different language, and thereby culture”

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Exophony is the practice of writing in a language that is not one's own. Some exophonic authors are bilingual or multilingual from their childhood years while others write in an acquired language. Although the phenomenon is not new the term ...

The Chaos Management Skills Assessment Series: A Test Translation Case Study Episode 3 – Translation Technology and Support to translators

by Steve Dept, cApStAn CEO By now, readers of this informative series on good practice in test translation are aware that the Chaos Management Skills Assessment is a fictitious project, which we set up for the exclusive purpose of the series. The purpose is to illustrate the complexity of test ...

Double Source Double Translation Design For A Leadership Assessment Questionnaire

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village A Case Study on the Halin Prémont Enneagram Institute Leadership Assessment Questionnaire Translation from French and English to multiple languages The Halin Prémont Enneagram Indicator, developed by Belgian researchers Philippe Halin and Jacques Prémont, is a scientifically validated questionnaire designed ...

Best Practices for Adapting and Translating Computerized Tests and Exams in the 21st Century

by Kristin Bernor, Questionmark and Steve Dept, cApStAn It takes more than a good translation provider and a good platform to ensure that an assessment can reliably measure cognitive and non-cognitive skills across languages and cultures. Of course, most sophisticated testing environments support multiple languages, but they may fail to ...

After centuries of “colonized” English translations of the Bhagavad Gita a Canadian scholar restores it to its original meaning

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Hindu scholar and linguist Jeffrey Armstrong has spent the past 10 years translating and “decolonizing” the Bhagavad Gita, one of India's most famous epic poems, written 5.000 (some say 7.000) years ago. His work was published this month with the ...

Study suggests that no matter how fast or slow people speak in different languages the rate of information transfer is the same

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Language science has focused for so long on things like grammatical complexity that information about “transfer rate” has been mostly overlooked, says evolutionary linguist François Pellegrino, from the University of Lyon, co-author of a study on this topic published in ...

The Chaos Management Skills Assessment Series: A Test Translation Case Study Episode 2 – Translatability Assessment and item-by-item Translation and Adaptation Notes

by Steve Dept, cApStAn CEO By now, readers of this informative series on good practice in test translation are aware that the Chaos Management Skills Assessment is a fictitious project, which we set up for the exclusive purpose of the series. The purpose is to illustrate the complexity of test ...

cApStAn’s Modular Approach to a Test or Survey Translation Process

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of data collection instruments requires a Linguistic Quality Assurance (LQA) design that will ensure that multiple language versions of a test or questionnaire will meet the highest standards of linguistic, cultural and functional equivalence. Clients can ...