Proficiency Applications in Language Teaching (PALT™)
Proficiency Applications in Language Teaching (PALT™) is a scale specifically relating the language development concepts that underlie the ISLPR® to language teaching. A wholly owned and developed Australian product.
PALT™ is supplementary to the ISLPR and describes the key features and key issues relevant to the teaching/learning context of a candidate’s language behaviour in each macroskill of speaking, listening, reading and writing through 12 levels from zero proficiency to native-like. It also identifies the major parameters of change at different stages as learners develop their language skills. PALT™ differs from other available scales in that it identifies students’ English behaviour or language skills at 12 levels and indicates their relevance to the teaching and learning processes. PALT™ is not intended to be used for the formal assessment or certification of a candidate’s English proficiency but to inform the teaching/learning process. Because the PALT™ focuses directly on the learners’ language behaviour as it develops and is manifested in the practical use of the language, the gap between the described language course content and the learners’ behaviour in real-life use of the language is much less than in other approaches to language course design and implementation. Thus, the authenticity of the teaching process and of the practical skills developed is greatly increased and is immediately relevant to the real-life use of English in whatever contexts, domains or genres, the curriculum and syllabus specify for inclusion in the programme or that the teacher judges to be relevant to the specific individuals who make up the class, their different proficiency levels, and their vocational, academic or other interests.
PALT is formerly known as ISLPRTP.