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2022-09-01
by Pisana Ferrari

The role of glossaries in ensuring the validity and equivalence of tests/surveys across multiple languages

At cApStAn we strongly believe in the need to perform more “upstream” quality assurance work to reduce the need for “downstream” corrective action. In cApStAn’s modular approach, the creation of glossaries comes under module B, related to the preparation of a translation project. A glossary consists of a collection of terms that need to be …

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2022-07-30
by Pisana Ferrari

Argentina’s ban on gender-neutral language in schools reignites a debate that is reverberating across the world

Gender-neutral language is a highly controversial issue across the world and the debate is now also becoming part of a culture war in Latin America, says the author of a recent article in The NY Times. In 2021, Uruguay’s public education agency issued a memo limiting the use of inclusive language. Proposals to ban gender-neutral …

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2022-07-20
by admin

On-Demand Webinar | Do all Test Item Types Take the Same Route to Travel? Introduction to the Diagnostic Model of a Test Travel Agent

Do all Test Item Types Take the Same Route to Travel? Introduction to the Diagnostic Model of a Test Travel Agent Generally speaking, unless the aim is to test foreign language proficiency, a test should be administered in the test takers’ native language: this allows them to express their ability. Exceptions? Sure. When a language …

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2022-07-20
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On-Demand Webinar | Translation and Adaptation: The Journey of a TIMSS Grade 8 Science Item

The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) was founded in 1958 and has pioneered international large-scale assessments (ILSAs). IEA studies measure achievement in students worldwide. The outcomes of these studies inform education policies, and the most stringent quality assurance standards apply, from item development to data analysis. Since 2001, cApStAn Linguistic Quality …

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2022-07-20
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On-Demand Webinar | Intervention Categories: Why Revisers Should Use Them To Describe the Translation Issues They Address

There will always be some measure of subjectivity in translation quality evaluation, and subjectivity is what makes translation quality so hard to measure. To begin with, one can train revisers to use a taxonomy, a set of standardized intervention categories to document their work. Give them designations to choose from: added information, unintentional inconsistency, grammatical …

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2022-07-20
by admin

On-Demand Webinar | Cognitive Pre-Testing in More Than One Language

In multilingual surveys, survey researchers would like to ascertain that all respondents understand the survey questions the same way, i.e. the way the questions are intent to be understood. However, there is no single correct translation of a question, there are many possible choices, and translators cannot always be sure how a (correct) translation will …

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2022-07-20
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On-Demand Webinar | The Four Key Moments of a Test or Survey Localization Project

International Large-Scale Assessments (ILSAs) and surveys in multinational, multiregional and multicultural contexts (3MC) have completely overhauled translation practices. New insights in why correct translations can cause unexpected response patterns have led to new requirements. Since 2000, cApStAn have shaped, tested and streamlined new practices to meet these requirements. Their modular approach is based on collaboration …

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2022-07-20
by admin

On-Demand Webinar | cApStAn & DEI-BR in multilingual and multicultural Tests & Surveys – Language variations and cultural considerations

Awareness of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in tests, assessment, polls and surveys is growing, becoming increasingly indispensable as it both ensures the fairness of tests and the reliability for any data collection instrument. It is a very positive move! We at cApStAn are not  DEI-BR experts per se. We are a language company which partners …

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