Tag archive: translation

On-Demand Webinar | Why psychometricians & linguists need to join forces to improve the validity of multilingual assessments

Why psychometricians & linguists need to join forces to improve the validity of multilingual assessments Speakers – Steve Dept, Founder & CEO Recorded Live on Aug 19, 2020 | Duration: 45 minutes Carefully crafted assessment tools too often depend on subtle wording choices, which are expected to trigger certain reactions in ...

On-Demand Webinar | Translation Verification for Your Assessments & Surveys: What, Why & How?

Translation Verification for Your Assessments & Surveys: What, Why & How? Speakers - Marielle Lerner, Localization Specialist | Grace DeLee, Localization Specialist | Musab Hayatli, MD-Americas Recorded on July 22, 2020 | Duration: 45 minutes At a previous webinar we discussed the pros and cons of using back-translation to evaluate the quality of your translated tests ...

Multilingual Surveys: Five cost-effective steps to improve your questionnaire before translation begins

by Steve Dept, cApStAn CEO In multilingual surveys, there is a strong trend towards performing more “upstream” quality assurance work to reduce the need for “downstream” corrective action. The late Professor Janet A.Harkness (1948-2012) relentlessly insisted on how important it is to craft questionnaire items carefully before they serve as ...

On-Demand Webinar | How to embed Adaptation in the Test Design to control the effect of Anglo-Saxon Item Writing Practices

How to embed Adaptation in the Test Design to control the effect of Anglo-Saxon Item Writing Practices Speakers - Steve Dept, Founder & CEO | Elica Krajčeva, Questionnaire Adaptation Specialist Recorded on July 16, 2020 | Duration: 25 minutes How much do you know about good practice in translation and adaptation ...

The challenge of translating scales in multilingual surveys and the value of leveraging “legacy materials”

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village To quote scholars Barbara Byrne and Fons van de Vijver (2010), the goal of translating scales in multilingual and cross-cultural comparative survey is to produce an instrument that "measures the same construct(s) in exactly the same way" across all language ...

What makes a language a language?

by Roberta Lizzi - Senior project manager, external human resources director @cApStAn In the framework of an international assessment study, PISA, some years ago I was asked to verify the Italian version of the Home Questionnaire, aimed at collecting background information about the parents of the tested students. One of ...

In the current health crisis accurately describing what we are asking of people is crucial: why the term “social distancing” should be changed

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village A Florida county is reminding people to maintain a distance of at least one alligator between each other, and a jounalist for CNN suggests imagining the safety distance as the length of two golden retrievers, the width of an average ...

Should professional translators shun machine translation?

by Steve Dept, cApStAn CEO Beyond the AI hype and controversial reports about automatic translation achieving parity with human translation, neural machine translation (NMT) has undoubtedly made spectacular progress in the last three years. Should professional translators resist or should they use it? Machine translation software has been around for ...