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MINISTER F@R E IH N IC AFFAIRS

18/84 9 March 1984

VIDEO KIT FOR LANGUAGE TEACHERS LAUNCHED

A video kit for training teachers and other professionals to rate non-English speakers' ability to speak, understand, read or write English was launched in Sydney today by the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Mr Stewart West.

"The system, called the Australian Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ASLPR). will help to make the Adult Migrant Education Program more effective by assisting teachers to determine students' levels, to classify teaching materials and to plan courses"... Mr West

said.

"In allowing teachers to make consistent assessments of students' abilities, it will help to place each student in the type of class which best meets his or her needs", Mr West said.

The ASLPR uses a scale from zero (no ability to use the language) to five (the ability to use the language like a native speaker) .

Versions of the ASLPR have also been developed to rate English-speakers who are learning Japanese, Italian, French and Spanish, and one for Chinese will soon be available.

Mr West said the "ASLPR Video Kit" was developed by the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Mr David Ingram (Darwin Community College) and Ms Elaine Wylie (Queensland Adult Migrant Education Service), in co-operation with Film Australia.

Mr West explained that the kit, containing nine video-cassettes and reading material, could be used either in formal training sessions or for self-instruction.

The video kit will be used in the Adult Migrant Education Program, and people outside AMEP will be able to purchase it from Film Australia's Marketing Division.

Media contacts: Ursula Doyle, Minister's Office, (062) 73 3446 or Nick Spinocchia, Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, (062) 64 2184