Levels of English proficiency in job applicants: Toward clear patterns of classification, definition and evaluation.

Author: Mibzar Cáceres Antilef, Francisco Macuada Plaza y Paula Oyarzo Dreau

Year: 2008

Title: Levels of English proficiency in job applicants: Toward clear patterns of classification, definition and evaluation.


Summary: This study inquires into how aware of the level of English proficiency companies are when looking for proficiency in their applicants. In order to do this, this research is divided into five sections. The first one deals with some theories about language proficiency. The second section discusses the evaluation of proficiency by standardized tests. The third section talks about the description of proficiency levels on rating scales. Section four explains the best way of creating “adjustable” scales for each job and the final section shows the current methods used by some Chilean enterprises.


Key words: competence, proficiency, communicative competence, standardized tests, companies.

Library barcode: CAC 418.02