LINGUIST List 27.2103

Fri May 06 2016

Jobs: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition: Language Examiner, International Center for Language Studies

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 06-May-2016
From: Anna Carson <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition: Language Examiner, International Center for Language Studies, Virginia, USA
E-mail this message to a friend

University or Organization: International Center for Language Studies
Department: Foreign Language Division
Job Location: Virginia, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Language Examiner II

Job Rank: Language Examiner II; Other

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition


The International Center for Language Studies (ICLS) is a woman-owned, independent language school based in Washington, DC which is now celebrating 50 years of delivering high-quality training in ESL and over 85 different foreign languages.

We are currently hiring for the above position at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in Arlington, VA which provides language training and testing to the diplomatic community in over 70 foreign languages. Enrollments in the School surpass 2,000 students annually including up to 1,000 distance learning enrollments.

Job Description:

- Serve as examiner for language proficiency testing.
- Assist as directed with providing testing training to candidates seeking testing certification by tasks including but not limited to facilitating training workshops, providing small group or individual mentoring, and observing candidates while conducting mock or official exams
- Serve as examiner for language proficiency testing in reading and speaking, interacting with the examinee in English to administer the exam and collecting and rating foreign language proficiency in conjunction with the tester. The examiner directs the administration of each portion of the exam, collects information from the tester about the examinee's linguistic performance on various parts of the test, and determines the selection and/or preparation of reading test materials.
- Shall be asked to become a certified examiner. The training process takes approximately one year to complete and includes a 40-hour introductory workshop, approximately 25 hours of review classes and mentoring meetings with a Testing Mentor,a written assessment on testing processes, observations of at least three official exams, conducting mock practice exams, and conducting official exams observed by the Testing Mentor or Operations Manager to complete certification.
- May be requested to conduct end of training tests at a field school overseas.
- Lead, in conjunction with the tester, the creation and testing of new reading kits to be used in face-to-face,telephone or field testing.
- Lead, in conjunction with the tester the production of audio or video materials for use in conjunction with testing training.
- Collaborate with a variety of language staff to lead the reviewing and editing of foreign language and/or English in testing materials.
- Adhere to all copyright guidelines and restrictions and follow procedures regarding copyright.
- Adhere to all guidelines and follow all procedures regarding testing material security and safeguarding test score data.


- Advanced, native, or near-native English language proficiency
- Eligibility to work in the United States and have a minimum of 1 year remaining U.S. employment eligibility.
- A minimum of three (3) years of experience administering FSI language exams.
- A minimum of three (3) years of experience designing and selecting testing materials for FSI language exams.
- Current FSI/LTU Examiner Certification.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

- BA/BS, MA/MS, or Ph.D., or foreign equivalent degree in educational assessment, testing, and measurement fields preferred.
- Experience with online delivery systems used to administer proficiency-based exams valued.
- Experience contributing to comprehensive review processes such as periodic external review of testing procedures valued (i.e., for ACE accreditation).

Application Deadline: 19-May-2016

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Director, Foreign Language Division Anna Carson

Page Updated: 06-May-2016